In reading the information about the author, it was no surprise to see that Jennifer Thermes is also a map illustrator. She does an excellent job of seamlessly including maps of Darwin’s journey around the world on The Beagle.
Sidenote: Such an interesting ship name. I’m interested to read more about the origins of the ship name The Beagle. Did the captain have a beagle?
I most often associate Darwin and his discoveries with the Galapagos Islands but, as it turns out, they were a short stop on a much longer journey. Jennifer Thermes does a beautiful job of illustrating Darwin’s journeys and many of his discoveries along the way. The color palette is bright and hopeful as I imagine Darwin was as well on this youthful adventure exploring and learning more about the natural world. Many of his observations and insights seem logical now but were groundbreaking in their time. The food chain for example. “Charles saw how their lives were all connected.”
Thermes includes a note with further information, sources, books for further reading and even fun facts. The inclusion of maps throughout makes this an ideal book to include in any curriculum hoping to meet Social Studies standards.
Title: Charles Darwin’s Around the World Adventure
Author and Illustrator: Jennifer Thermes
Published 2016 by Abrams Books for Young Readers
This copy was received from the publisher for review.