When Planet Earth Was New

illus. by Katherine Diemert. 40p. bibliog. glossary. websites. Owlkids. Sept. 2017. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781771472036.
Gr 1–3—Beginning with the formation of Earth millions of years ago, this work introduces the concept of evolution in a picture book format. Simple text describes Earth's slow progression from a lifeless, hot, and gaseous place, hostile to living things, to a land of mountains, oceans, and early life-forms. Creatures of the seas, skies, and land either evolved or became extinct. The narrative emphasizes that our planet will continue to transform. Striking, slightly surreal illustrations complement the prose and offer much to contemplate, from an Earth covered in molten rock to a present-day city. The "Look Again" section offers readers a second chance to find more subtle details in the artwork.
VERDICT A broad overview of the evolution of our planet, and a fine addition to science collections.

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