Has a young child ever asked you why birds are different? Have you ever wondered yourself? If so, Charlie and the Tortoise is a children’s book that you will love! The picture book is one in a series of children’s books called, Tiny Thinkers, a series of books for ages 4 to 8 about real life scientists, told from the perspective of the scientists as children on their adventures. Charlie and the Tortoise tells the story of Charles Darwin, very creatively, and is based on Charles Darwin’s trip to the Galapagos Islands where he found 13 types of finches – all with different beaks.
The book is not only great for teaching evolution to young children, it also encourages exploration and love of nature in children. It begins with young Charlie’s travels to the Galapagos islands where he encounters several species of ants, plants, birds and reptiles including turtles and lizards.
Charlie notices the differences between the different bird species of finches and learns all about how that came to be from a shy and slow-speaking tortoise. The tortoise tells Charlie all about the finches and how and why they changed over time.
With fun rhyme and beautifully colorful illustrations and humor, the book is an excellent resource that children will love. At the back of the book is a timeline with fun facts about Charles Darwin, his life and discoveries. It is a wonderful book to get children interested in science and other STEM topics. Take your child on a fun adventure and read them Charlie and the Tortoise today!
Charlie and the Tortoise: Written by M.J. Mouton