Out of the Blue

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Out of the Blue
Written by Elizabeth Shreeve
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ISBN-13: 9781536228809
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Out of the Blue
How Animals Evolved from Prehistoric Seas

author: Elizabeth Shreeve
illustrator: Frann Preston-Gannon

Clear and inviting nonfiction prose, vetted by scientists—together with lively illustrations and a time line—narrate how life on the Earth emerged “out of the blue.” It began in the vast, empty sea when the Earth was young. Single-celled microbes too small to see held the promise of all life-forms to come. Those microbes survived billions of years in restless seas until they began to change, to convert sunlight into energy, to produce oxygen until one day—Gulp!—one cell swallowed another and the race was on. Learn how and why creatures began to emerge from the deep—from the Cambrian Explosion to crustaceans, mollusks to fishes, giant reptiles to the rise of mammals—and how they compare to the animals we know today, in a lively and accessible outing into the prehistoric past that boils a complex subject down to its lyrical essence.

“Readers can begin to understand the joyous, wondrous, frightening complexity of the creation of life. A book to be read over and over for its intriguing story, illustrations, and captions.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
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Picture Book Nonfiction / Paperback
age range:
6 yrs - 9 yrs
# of pages/size:
32 / 9 5/8" x 10 5/8"
grade range:
Grade 1 - Grade 4
Animals; Science & Nature;
author’s comments:
Elizabeth Shreeve is the author of several books for young readers, including the chapter book series the Adventures of Hector Fuller and two picture books, Captain Freddy Counts Down to School, illustrated by Joey Chou, and Oliver at the Window, illustrated by Candace Hartsough McDonald. She lives in Northern California.
illustrator’s comments:
Frann Preston-Gannon is an illustrator, designer, and award-winning author-illustrator. Her books include The Journey Home, The Bad Day, and Dandylion Summer. She was the first UK recipient of a Sendak Fellowship and spent a month learning from renowned illustrator Maurice Sendak. Frann Preston-Gannon lives in London.
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