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BONES, BRAINS AND DNA; The Human Genome and Human Evolution

Author: Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle

Illustrator: Patricia J. Wynne

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Publisher: Bunker Hill Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a magnificent science resource book that graphically describes how scientists - armed with theories, data, technology, and a sense of humor - have helped shed new light on human origins. This is an engaging look at genetic science and the scientific process. This is a High Interest / Low Readability option.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 6.1

Age of Child: Read by a student at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, MN. This was part of our Use Your ABCs classroom literacy project.

Young Reader Reaction: The teacher picked this book for me. It was surprising because I have never seen any of this. I learned about cave men. I liked the pictures and the cavemen. I would recommend this for my little brother because he would think this is kind of cool.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book is a jewel; the title doesn't give the book its justice. The authors know how to keep their readers engaged and interested in the topic. The graphics and illustrations complement the text and grab the reader’s attention. This book is a jewel.

Pros: With incredible graphics and lots of fun details, this is an incredible book. It's a great way to teach science.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This book will become a standard for the genre of science works for adolescent readers. This book is of interest and value for serious science study. It also has its humorous side . “Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones….


Educational Themes: Scientists must answer the what, where, why, when and how questions if they want to resolve challenges they face. Scientists work carefully and follow the facts wherever they lead. They share findings and hunches with colleagues when opportunities allow. Success, as a scientist occurs when his or her peers express appreciation for their contribution. This book is filled with challenges and opportunities.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, picture book, health

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2009, February 2010

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