Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection
Darwin's Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection changed the world, yet to this day it remains cloaked in misunderstanding and controversy.
This short graphic novel tells the factual story of Darwin's legendary visit to the Galápagos Islands in 1835, and how he went on to shape his legacy over the next two decades once back in Victorian England. The book explains the main principles of Darwin's theory in simple language, and as such it is ideal for schools as well as any adult interested in Darwin, the Galápagos Islands, or Victorian science and exploration.
This comic was commissioned by the Charles Darwin Foundation in 2009, and I had the immense privilege of researching and working on the book while living at the Darwin Research Station in the Galápagos archipelago. I was even able to take a special cruise onboard the aptly named 'Beagle' - a modern sailing boat offering tourist cruises around the islands. Thanks to this unique experience I was able to actually visit some of the very same locations explored by Darwin himself, 200 years ago.
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Reviews and Awards
My 12 year old daughter really enjoyed reading this book. She already knew something about Charles Darwin from a Horrible Histories song about him on TV so was very interested to find out about him. This book really helped her to understand who Darwin was, his historical context and why his discoveries were so important. She found the story entertaining and easy to follow and she really liked the illustrations which are lighthearted and lively.
As an adult I also found the book very engaging and educational and I found the final section on Darwin's legacy and the very clear explanation of his theories about natural selection genuinely enlightening.
E.F., Amazon customer
This fantastically illustrated comic focuses on the five weeks that Darwin spent in Galapagos and the subsequent development of the theory of evolution which finally resulted in Darwin’s seminal publication 'On the Origin of Species'. Taking such a story and turning it into a comic that is both enjoyable and accessible to a wide range of ages is no mean feat, but Alan Hesse has done a brilliant job. Now available for the first time in English, this historically and scientifically accurate book makes for a great educational resource.
Galápagos Conservation Trust
This has been my go to gift for young biologists and curious kids - a huge hit. Beautiful illustrations allow for kids of different ages to read with their parents, but the content and story allows for older ones to engage in and learn about this incredible journey.
A must have for any family that wants to inspire and support their children's passion for ecology, wildlife, and the history of science!
Ellie, Amazon customer