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Life: The First Four Billion Years

Written by Martin Jenkins

Illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith

Part of the Walker Studio Series

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Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020

This is the story of life on earth from its earliest beginnings. With remarkable illustrations and a clear and concise text, this is a fascinating and thought-provoking discourse on the huge variety of life that had come and gone before humans ever appeared on earth.


Life: The First Four Billion Years Synopsis

Discover the greatest story ever told: the story of life on our planet, from the big bang to the dinosaurs and beyond. Before humans took their first steps, there were billions of years of vibrant and varied life on earth. Discover the fascinating story of our planet, from the formation of the universe to the first mammals, and all the incredible life that flourished in-between.

Covering ice ages and fossils, life in the teeming primeval seas and the first life on land, the time of the dinosaurs and the rise of the mammals, Martin Jenkins navigates through millions of years of prehistory in enthralling and accessible style.

With gorgeous art from the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Grahame Baker Smith, this is a captivating journey through the life of our planet before we called it ours.

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ISBN: 9781406372700
Publication date: 01/05/2019
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406372700
Publication date: 1st May 2019
Author: Martin Jenkins
Illustrator: Grahame Baker-Smith
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 80 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Dinosaurs, Geography, History, Non-Fiction, The Natural World
Collections: 85 Great Non-Fiction Books,

About Martin Jenkins

Martin Jenkins is an expert at presenting complicated subjects in entertaining and accessible ways to children. He has won several awards for his work. He was born in Surrey in 1959 but grew up in Spain, Ireland and Kent. He attended Cambridge University as a scholar. A conservation biologist by trade, Martin worked full-time for ten years for World Conservation Monitoring Centre, writing about a range of conservation issues. Since 1990 he has worked freelance for organisations such as WWF and a number of UN bodies concerned with conservation and the environment. Martin's jobs have varied greatly: "I've been an orchid-sleuth ...

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