Anyone who says that the Big Bang can't be explained simply, hasn't seen this book yet. Portraying the beginning of the universe as a simple dot that explodes from excitement, the tale traces history from that one event to the present day. Along the way the concepts of evolution, adaptation, and even the extinction of the dinosaurs are all explained. The illustrations are full of dots that slowly change their shapes from amoebas to fishes, reptiles, mammals, and finally humans. Scenes show small green dots playing "a game called Catch the Light," which is followed by "Eat or Be Eaten" -
otherwise known as a food chain. The first little mammal is shown as a tiny mouse-like critter who manages to survive the ELE that wipes out the dinosaurs.
At the end of the book is a timeline showing everything from the formation of the first stars, to photosynthesis, homo sapiens, and the current epoch. For teachers looking for a way to introduce all these concepts, this is a great new title to add to their collections. The amazingly simple text does a wonderful job of explaining the concepts covered, while the images offer great support to make everything visually clear. Highly recommended for elementary school libraries and classrooms.
I received an advance copy from the publisher for review purposes.