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I Used to Be a Fish Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-05 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:0062451987
LANGUAGE:English

"Brightly-colored illustrations in the simple palette of red, blue, and white make the complicated history of evolution approachable for young kids. The overly simplistic text shows evolution through the ages as if it happened to a single organism. Although this makes it understandable for young ones, this misrepresentation of how evolution works could be confusing if one does not yet understand the concepts of “millions” and “billions” of years. Though it includes factual back matter that explains evolution more fully, this would only be useful for kids in the end of the age range for this book (second and third grade, perhaps). Its usefulness as a teaching tool may be limited, although its
funny story with large font and short sentences may still delight readers with its whimsy and bold illustrations.
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" A brief look at evolution, told in very simple words and easy to understand. " said.

" This book is a bit peculiar. I'm not sure if a child would enjoy it or not. I thought it was odd but slightly funny as well. " said.

" I had such high hopes for this book based on the title. I was expecting something really funny, but it ended up being more of a colorful, simplified explanation of evolution. Which, by itself isn't that bad, but was so far off from what I expected that I ended up being really disappointed. " said.

"I'm imagining some of our more aggressively religious parents at the library grabbing this picture book and then losing it when they realize it's about evolution.

The concepts of growth and change throughout time are introduced to the very young. It would be a good conversation starter about scientific concepts.

Veg*n parents note: At one point, the caveman decides that "bananas aren't enough" and he wants meat. A woolly mammoth is shown laying dead behind a caveman with a bow-and-arrow. While we treasure the image of "man the hunter," the fossil record shows that early humans were prey as often as they were predators, and many other species hunt for food--so it's cooking, not meat-eating, that really made our species unique.
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" Yay for a simple picture book about evolution! It might be a little too simple, but the back matter helps and it could be a starting point before diving into more resources on the topic. " said.

" A fictional story that outlines evolution. Not really nonfiction, but that's the only way I would use it since the story is bland without the science part of it. Could connect with the older set to a study of Darwin. " said.

" A simple introduction to evolution. " said.

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