Charlie and Kiwi by The New York Hall of Science
An Evolutionary Adventure

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To Charlie’s classmates, it seems like the kiwi bird got a raw deal: It barely has wings at all, so it can’t fly, and its long whiskers are more like a cat’s. How can such an unlucky bird even survive in the wild? But Charlie thinks the kiwi is cool, and with the help of his great-great-great-great-great-grandpa Charles Darwin, he travels back in time to learn how the kiwi evolved from a dinosaur-like creature to its present-day wingless state. Learning that “little changes in each generation can add up to BIG changes,” Charlie begins to understand that the kiwi bird’s flightless ways and catlike whiskers might be a bit odd, but they are exactly what has helped the species survive over thousands of years!

Based on an exhibit from the New York Hall of Science that is currently touring the country, this Darwinian adventure through time explains the hugely important principle of evolution in an accessible, kid-friendly style.

About The New York Hall of Science

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The New York Hall of Science is New York's hands-on science and technology center. They promote science and technology as important tools that help us understand ourselves and the world we live in.Visit the exhibit behind the book, Charlie & Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure in person or online FableVision is an award-winning children’s media developer and book packager founded by Peter and Paul Reynolds. Peter H. Reynolds is the bestselling author and illustrator of I’m Here, The Dot, and Ish; and illustrator for the New York Times #1 bestseller Someday by Alison McGhee. He is also the illustrator of Little Boy, Charlie and Kiwi, and the Judy Moody series. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, where he is co-owner of the Blue Bunny bookstore. Visit Peter at
Published June 28, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 50 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Science & Math.

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With appealing child and animal characters, a touch of fantasy and an adventurous narrative arc, this conveys an important scientific concept in a child-friendly package.

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When Charlie decides to research the unique kiwi bird for a school report, he is launched on a time-travel adventure that delves into the underpinnings of evolutionary theory.

Apr 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Charlie and Kiwi: An Evolutio...

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