Baker-Smith’s paintings, a gore-free mix of full-spread color scenes and sepia or graphite galleries of individual figures, show off his versatility—some exhibiting close attention to fine detail, others being nearly abstract, and all (particularly an armored marine Dunkleosteus on the attack and a Tyrannosaurus that is all teeth, feathery mane, and wild eyes) demonstrating a real flair for drama…A family story over 4 billion years in the making in a suitably ambitious format.
Beginning with the big bang, Jenkins chronicles significant events in the formation of the universe as we know it today, including the emergence of the star that would become the Earth’s sun, the ice ages, periods of mass extinction, and expanding biodiversity. Baker-Smith’s lush, oversize spreads depict planetary events and life-forms, from early arthropods to the rhinoceroslike mammal Arsinoitherium.
Jenkins’ text is remarkable in its comprehensiveness…budding biologists, taxonomists, and natural historians will marvel at this beautifully illustrated accumulation of knowledge.
This beautiful book begins with a large fold-out page where living things, or organisms, are described down to cellular detail, along with an explanation of how life is classified by scientists, a review of rocks and fossils, and a brief time line of the first two billion years of life on Earth…A useful purchase for libraries that want to spruce up their science nonfiction collection in a giant way.
—School Library Journal
Extinctions, ice ages, the creation of life forms, these are just a few of the relevant topics covered that would be highly useful in the classroom or in a library setting. Science enthusiasts will revel in the pictures and information while educators will appreciate the usefulness as an added reference source in the classroom.
—School Library Connection