Dr. Levine Book Earns Rave Review
November 06, 2013
A new picture book from Wheelock Life Science Prof. Sara Levine that teaches children about evolution—titled Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons—is a finalist for the 2014 Cook Prize (STEM award).
The book is also winning rave reviews from critics, most recently in Slate Magazine.
In the book, Levine asks: "What animal would you be if your finger bones grew so long that they reached your feet? Or what if you had no leg bones but kept your arm bones?" The book keeps readers guessing as they read about how human skeletons are like—and unlike—those of other animals.
Bone by Bone was recently the number one selling children's biology book on Amazon.com.
Said the Slate reviewer:
"I've been longing for another kind of picture book: one that appeals to young children's wildest imagination in service of real evolutionary thinking. Such a book could certainly include dinosaur skeletons or fossils. But Bone by Bone, by veterinarian and professor Sara Levine, fills the niche to near perfection by relying on dogs, rabbits, bats, whales, and humans. Levine plays with differences in their skeletons to groom kids for grand scientific concepts."