The Story of Life A First Book About Evolution by Catherine Barr, Steve Williams

The Story of Life A First Book About Evolution

Written by Catherine Barr, Steve Williams
Illustrated by Amy Husband

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Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 This is an exciting and dramatic story simply told in words and pictures about how life began and developed on Planet Earth, written especially for younger children. How the first living cell was created, how the cells multiplied, created simple living things which dragged themselves out of the water into swampy forests that eventually became dinosaurs and then us. With delightful illustrations including lots of detail and humour, all carefully researched and checked, this book shows the development of life on Earth in a truly accessible and simple way.


The Story of Life A First Book About Evolution by Catherine Barr, Steve Williams

At first, nothing lived on Earth. It was a noisy, hot, scary place. Choking gas exploded from volcanoes and oceans of lava bubbled around the globe...Then in the deep, dark ocean, something amazing happened.

CLICK HERE to download Teachers’ Notes specially written by the authors, Catherine Barr and Steve Williams, to assist teachers and librarians in the promotion and teaching of The Story of Life in schools and to help foster a love of good books, literature and reading in children.


‘An exciting and dramatic introduction to evolution for young children, written in consultation with the Natural History Museum.' The Bookseller

About the Author

CATHERINE BARR studied Ecology at Leeds University and trained as a journalist. She worked at Greenpeace International for seven years as a wildlife and forestry campaigner and has a long-running interest in environmental issues. While working as an editor at the Natural History Museum, she researched and wrote two major summer exhibitions: Dinosaurs of the Gobi Desert and Myths and Monsters. She is now a partner in communications company bwa design. She lives on a hill near Hay-on-Wye in Herefordshire with her partner and two daughters. STEVE WILLIAMS is a biologist with a degree in Marine Biology and Applied Zoology from the University of Wales. His lifelong love of wildlife was further inspired by eight years at sea, after which he trained as a teacher, and now teaches science in a rural comprehensive school in Wales. He is a beekeeper and lives near Hay-on-Wye with his wife and two daughters. AMY HUSBAND studied Graphic Art at Liverpool School of Art. Her first picture book, Dear Miss, was winner of the Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award in 2010. Amy lives in York with her partner, working in a studio with views of York Minster. The Story of Life is her first book for Frances Lincoln.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 6


Catherine Barr, Steve Williams
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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

5th March 2015




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