Charlie and Kiwi : an evolutionary adventure / written by Eileen Campbell ; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds & FableVision.

Charlie, who wants to explain to his classmates why the kiwi is so different from other birds, follows his stuffed friend Kiwi on a journey through time on which one of his ancestors helps him understand how the kiwi--and all birds--evolved.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Campbell, Eileen, 1956-
Corporate Authors: New York Hall of Science., FableVision Studios.
Other Authors: Reynolds, Peter H. 1961- (Illustrator)
Format: Book
Published: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2011.
Edition:1st ed.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

When Charlie decides to research the unique kiwi bird for a school report, he is launched on a time-travel adventure that delves into the underpinnings of evolutionary theory. First stop in his makeshift time machine is 1860, to meet Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandpa Charles (Darwin, it's assumed). The two visit the first kiwis in New Zealand, then feathered dinosaurs 150 million years ago, before returning to the present. "Peering out the window, Charlie and Grandpa Charles watched the world change. There were more feathered dinosaurs in each generation. They had more feathers, longer feathers, stiffer feathers." While some plot devices are gimmicky or fall flat (Grandpa Charles's witticisms about needing dinner; Charlie's stuffed kiwi spearheading the time travel, yelling "Keee-weee! Keee-weee!"), the story's fast-paced narrative and cartoon vignettes do a commendable job of explaining how small adaptations over time lead to evolution. The book was written as a companion to an exhibit at the New York Hall of Science, and flap copy directs readers to a Web site with an animated version of the story, games, and other resources and information. Ages 4-8. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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