Grandmother Fish by Jonathan Tweet


Grandmother Fish by Jonathan Tweet

It's a simple question, but not so simple an answer to explain especially to young children. Charles Darwin's theory of common descent no longer needs to be a scientific mystery to inquisitive young readers. Meet Grandmother Fish. Told in an engaging call and response text where a child can wiggle like a fish or hoot like an ape and brought to life by vibrant artwork, Grandmother Fish takes children and adults through the history of life on our planet and explains how we are all connected. The book also includes comprehensive backmatter, including: An elaborate illustration of the evolutionary tree of life. Helpful science notes for parents. How to explain natural selection to a child.


This groundbreaking volume makes the complex theory of evolution accessible to young children. . . . a truly inclusive work. The words and illustrations work beautifully together, showcasing the abilities of our ancestors and asking readers and listeners if they can do these same actions. . . . Exemplary back matter includes a colorful, clearly labeled double-page diagram titled 'Our Evolutionary Family Tree,

; examples of how to explain concepts of evolution to children; and suggestions for correcting common misunderstandings. VERDICT This selection can be revisited again and again as students refine their understanding of evolution. Highly recommended for homes, schools, and libraries. School Library Journal

A dynamite job . . . gorgeously illustrated . . . Grandmother Fish is a fun way to start children down a path of scientific literacy and, what's more, can help instill in them a vital sense of connection with the living world. NPR

Another GeekMom sent this to me and I fell in love. It is a wonderful, simple, beautiful introduction to evolution for young children. ... Gorgeous contribution to science education and understanding! GeekMom

A lovely contribution to scientific literacy. Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and professor of psychology (Harvard University)

Much needed! David Sloan Wilson, editor-in-chief of Evolution: This View of Life

When my 5-year-old daughter asked, 'Who was the first person, and how was he or she borned?

Grandmother Fish, read it to her, and she loved it. This book fills a great need for parents, and answers a question many kids wonder about. Jonathan Haidt, New York University, author of The Righteous Mind

I m extremely impressed by the simplicity of this clever, beautiful, charming project. I ll be first in line to get Grandmother Fish for my own little daughter! Daniel Loxton, editor of Junior Skeptic magazine, author of the national award-winning children s book Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be

Grandmother Fish evokes a sense of profound (and playful) connection to our deep time ancestors that ignites the imagination of all ages! Jennifer Morgan, author, president of Deep Time Journey Network

About the Author

Jonathan Tweet has been an innovative game designer for over 25 years and a fan of evolution for even longer. His award-winning games are well-known for engaging the players imaginations and encouraging creative participation. Grandmother Fish, his first children's book, took 15 years to complete. It began when he couldn't find a book to help him teach his daughter about evolution, so he decided to write one himself.

Karen Lewis is a Seattle-based illustrator for children s storybooks, history, and science. She strives to make her art accessible, accurate and visually delicious. She s the resident cartoonist for Cobblestone, an American history magazine for kids. Her children s books include Will it Blow Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens, Amazing Alaska and Arturo and the Navidad Birds.

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40 pages


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Publication date

13th September 2016



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