Beautifully and feelingly illustrated - this true story actually brought a tear to my eye and made me sad. Lonesome George doomed to be the last of his kind.
Recommended for children to teach them the devastation that human beings can bring and hopefully for them to grown up with more carefulness about their actions.
Plenty of resources are included at the end of the book for adults and children to learn more about the history of this tortoise.
This is the story of one tortoise, and of many, of their evolution and their extinction. At the beginning, their was Giantess George. In the process of Earth's formation, she and her kin get swept off to sea, only to become stranded on a set of islands, where they need to adapt to their new habitats. Giantess George is fictional, yet her narrative, and those of her descendants that follow, are set within the real circumstances of history. Their evolution is followed by their destruction at the hands of man, and the author is very clear about this fact. Natural disasters led to their evolution, and mankind's presence did them harm. Finally, we come to the last, Lonesome George. While the summary suggests that this is his tale, he features only briefly at the end. Only general facts are included to keep the focus on evolution, and how Darwin discovered it in part thanks to the comparison he made between the different tortoises. A summary and additional resources are included in the back. Each image is painted realistically, and with a good amount of detail put into the changing environments. The triumph we feel from the survival of these species turns to sadness at the end. The author tries to mute this reaction with some inspirational words, and for children, it will bring them hope. However, for those that are older, and who realize how many species we are responsible for killing off, or are currently destroying, these words are hollow.
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