The makings of a children's book
The two children’s books that I received in class were, Darwin by Alice B. McGinty and Galileo: The Genius Who Faced the Inquisition by Philip Steele. Both of the books were very similar but also very different at the same time.
Darwin was overall a great children’s book. To me, it seemed to be for a younger age group maybe from 1st – 3rd grade. It was very colorful and filled to the brim with animals everywhere (which animals make for a good children’s book anyways). Each page had one to two paragraphs and about every other page had a letter from “Darwin” giving little clues to his new findings. I also think the author did a really great job at not being too persuasive; but I think it could have been written by someone religious because it talked about religion throughout the book. She stated, “More and more people, though, have found that their religious beliefs and Darwin’s discoveries can exist side by side.” Which I think is pretty cool, because usually children are taught things from closed-minded point of views; so this was allowing them to form an opinion on their own. Darwin was also a lot easier to follow. It was more of an adventure than a time line of this happened, then this happened, then he died. I enjoyed reading Darwin over the Galileo book though.
I had many problems with the Galileo book as an actual children’s book. I think the book was set for an older audience around 5th or 6th grade. The pictures sort of lost me and were about the most random things, that didn’t really mesh well in context. This isn’t as important, but the colors of the pictures also weren’t bright to grab the readers attention. Galileo was just a little too informative for children because it was about a person’s life instead of their discovery. It was more of a step to step book or timeline rather than a fun book to read. The Galileo wouldn’t have been a book I picked out while at the library.
Overall, I think both books were pretty solid. Each had their weaknesses, each had their strengths. Maybe if my books were both for the same age group it would be easier to evaluate them? But I think each were appropriate for the age group they were intended for. It was just difficult for me to decide what is a children’s book verses an adolescent book. A kids book is something you would read before bed time, and an adolescents book is something they would read to retain the information for reading tests.
I'm sorry for the late post..:/