Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ leap of faith by Deborah Heiligman

Book title: Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith

Author: Deborah Heiligman

Bibliographic entry  Heiligman, D. (2009). Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ leap of faith. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company.
Description  The relationship of Charles and Emma Darwin is outlined in detail as each spouse wrestles with their own beliefs about religion and science.
Reaction  Although it is laid out in a very understandable and chronological manner, the subject material will appeal best to capable intermediate readers.  An interesting and unbiased view of how Darwin’s writings on science affected religious views at the time.
Recommended age level Intermediate, grades 7 and up.
Subjects/themes  Evolution, scientific discovery, religion
Curriculum connections Science: demonstrate an understanding of the dynamic nature of ecosystems, particularly in terms of ecological balance and the impact of human activity on the sustainability of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.History: demonstrate an understanding of the importance and use of chronology and cause and effect in historical analyses of developments in the West and throughout the world since the sixteenth century.
Awards Michael L. Printz Award, 2010 Honor Book
National Book Awards, 2009 Finalist Young People’s Literature
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, 2010

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