The Tree of Life by Peter Sís
Charles Darwin (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards))

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In this brilliant presentation of a revolutionary thinker's life, the picture book becomes an art form

As far as I can judge, I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men . . .

Charles Darwin was, above all else, an independent thinker who continues even now to influence the way we look at the natural world. His endless curiosity and passion for detail resulted in a wealth of notebooks, diaries, correspondence, and published writings that Peter Sís transforms into a visual treasure trove. A multilayered journey through Darwin’s world, The Tree of Life begins with his childhood and traces the arc of his life through university and career, following him around the globe on the voyage of the Beagle, and home to a quiet but momentous life devoted to science and family. Sís uses his own singular vision to create a gloriously detailed panorama of a genius’s trajectory through investigating and understanding the mysteries of nature. In pictures executed in fine pen and ink and lush watercolors – cameo portraits, illustrated pages of diary, cutaway views of the Beagle, as well as charts, maps, and a gatefold spread – Peter Sís has shaped a wondrous introduction to Charles Darwin. The Tree of Life is a 2003 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and Notable Children's Book of the Year, and a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About Peter Sís

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Peter Sís has written and illustrated many award-winning books for children, including Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei and Tibet Through the Red Box, both Caldecott Honor books. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.
Published October 1, 2003 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 44 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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But Sís draws as though he were Darwin, using text from the naturalist's writings, as well as maps and charts on each page.

Dec 18 2016 | Read Full Review of The Tree of Life: Charles Dar...

Underneath the illustrations text runs in two and sometimes three fonts so that the reader can trace Charles Darwin's public life, private life, and what the author calls, secret life.

Dec 29 2003 | Read Full Review of The Tree of Life: Charles Dar...

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