Herefordshire authors release children’s book on evolution

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:04 09 February 2015

The Story of Life: A first book about evolution

The Story of Life: A first book about evolution


The Story of Life is a book for younger children describing in simple terms how we evolved into what we are today, and was written by authors based in Herefordshire

“At first, nothing lived on Earth. It was a noisy, hot, scary place. Choking gas exploded from volcanoes and oceans of lava bubbled around the globe… Then in the deep, dark ocean, something amazing happened.”

That’s the dramatic tale explained in The Story of Life, by Hay-based Catherine Barr and Steve Williams, with illustrations by Amy Husband.

The local authors explain how the first living cell was created, and how the cells multiply and create jellyfish and worms, and then fish with bendy necks, which drag themselves out of the water into swampy forests. They tell the story of the biggest creatures that have ever walked on land – the dinosaurs. Long after that, hairy creatures who have babies, not eggs, take over, stand on two legs and spread around the world, some of them living through cataclysmic events such as ice ages and volcanic eruptions. Everyone living today is related to these survivors.

The book is designed to be an early introduction to evolution for young children, and was written in consultation with Dr Brian Rosen of the Natural History Museum. The writers have a background in ecology and science teaching, providing them with enough expertise to get their facts right, and enough sensitivity towards the abilities of young readers to convey complex ideas simply. Amy Husband’s illustrations are fun and vibrant, and the book features a timeline and glossery to give children a reference point for the chronology and terminology featured.

Hereford Library is organising an event in Peterchurch Community Centre on March 18 for local schools on The Story of Life: A first book for children, which will be published on March 5; hardback copies retailing at £12.99.


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