I have degrees in science fields, so I always have a special place in my heart for children’s science books that take difficult topics and make them easy to comprehend. This book starts by posing the question: Which two animals are the closest relatives? The hippo, dolphin, or shark. Then it takes us on a journey starting when life began to help answer this question. It gives us the name of each time period, how the environment changed to make way for new animals, and how animals evolved along the way. Despite being a children’s book, there is a lot of information included. I love the colorful pictures that pair with the text and it works to not be written like a textbook while still giving us a good dose of knowledge. Overall, Out of the Blue is a good resource for children to study and learn about the evolution of animals.
Author: Elizabeth Shreeve
Illustrator: Frann Preston-Gannon
Publisher: Candlewick Press
I was kindly given this book for my honest review but all opinions are my own.