I first heard about this book from a Montessori Mom and now friend, who said that this book is fabulous at explaining evolution. I ordered the book from Bookshop.org, and when I received it and read it, I absolutely fell in love with it. When I read it to my daughter, five at the time, she also loved it. She is ten now, and she has asked me to read it to her at least once a year.
What is so great about this book? It is simple! Simple to read, understand, and simple to remember.
Written by Jonathan Tweet and illustrated by Karen Lewis, "Grandmother Fish" was first published in 2015 by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillian. With a tag line of "a child's first book of evolution," it truly is the first book to explain evolution to children in a fun, engaging way. The book also features a relatable evolutionary family tree with graphics from the book and provides simple points to explain descent with modification, artificial selection, and natural selection. The best part of the book is a guide in a table format outlining each of the Grandmothers, what makes them different or their actions, and their grandchildren or ancestors.
A bonus about this book is that it has its own website featuring activities and social media links: