Work Title: Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story
Work Author(s): Jennifer Morgan; Dana Lynne Andersen, illustrator
27 illustrations and photographs, 48 pages, Hardcover $19.95
Children's Picture Book
Reviewer: Angela Black
Thirteen billion years ago in a galaxy not far away, the infant Universe was a swirling cloud of hydrogen. Then a star exploded, and life has never been the same.
The Universe narrates this story about Earth's creation and evolution. She describes early animal life, such as dinosaurs, rabbit-sized camels, and elephants with teeth on their trunks. When a meteor strikes Earth and kills the dinosaurs, the other mammals survive and "morph" or evolve) into forms adaptable to the new planet. The book discusses Earth DNA; rain forest proliferation; and how hominids discovered fire and developed language, tools, and intelligence.
The illustrations beautifully set the mood and tone. Early atmosphere scenes depict yellow-and-orange swirls of gaseous clouds, with scattered fragments of animal life drawn in dark hues of brown and gray. A deep blue-and-purple backdrop represents the darkness; when the sun appears, the backdrop changes to red and yellow, highlighting budding green rainforest plants and new animals.
The award-winning author holds a degree in theology. This is the third and final volume in her series about the universe; the first won Learning Magazine's Teacher's Choice Award, and received the highest possible review ratings from...