Life Story by Virginia Lee Burton

Virginia Lee Burton, the American author/illustrator and Caldecott Medal winner, probably doesn’t need much of an introduction (but those of you who aren’t familiar with her should check out this book and this book — they’re two of my favourite children’s books!). Even still, you may not be familiar with her book, Life Story, a book I only recently discovered.

Life Story tells the history of earth from beginning up to now, starting with the planets and solar system, then describing the early stages of life on earth, the prehistoric times (and dinosaurs!) all the way up to life on a farm in present day. The book is beautifully illustrated and elegantly written, so that even though the topic is quite scientific, it still appeals to children and it gives them an understanding of complex subjects.

I bought the book for my 7-year-old for Christmas this past year, and he is able to read the text on his own. But the book even appeals to my younger kids because of the detailed illustrations. And I must admit that even I have learned a thing or two from the book! It’s available from Amazon (US and UK).

x Courtney

6 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Meaghan | February 13, 2013 | Reply

This book totally made me think! I loved it. Cute Easty :) Love to you. Xx

2. Vanessa | February 13, 2013 | Reply

It’s gone straight on my wish list. We adore The Little House so I’m sure this will be a hit in our house. Thank you for sharing Courtney. PS Am very impressed with your son’s reading skills.

3. F | February 14, 2013 | Reply

I think one of the very best things about Babyccino is the book recommendations – I have bought so many that your various bloggers have personally recommended, even cookbooks, and they’ve never failed to delight. You really do open a door on some great children’s literature that we otherwise may not have discovered, thank you.

4. Eva | February 14, 2013 | Reply

Could not agree more with what was just mentioned above! Thanks for these great book recommendations over the past years!

5. Lisa | February 14, 2013 | Reply

Great thanks for recommendations and thanks for saying the age of your son – my kids are babies but lots of nephews and neices to buy for and never know whats age appropriate….these books look great

6. Esther in Amsterdam | February 15, 2013 | Reply

I think I have to order a couple of books now ;) xxx

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