A Brief History of Life on Earth von Clemece Dupont

A Brief History of Life on Earth von Clemece Dupont

The rotating array of animals on the unassuming book cover hint at the wonders you will find inside. All 26 feet of them. Take a look through the initial side of the 38 pages, and you will be treated to a look at each of the geologic periods Earth has gone through. Colorful pages and a brief description serve as a guide for young readers learning about the history of our home.

On the reverse side is a timeline of Earth’s 4.6 billion years from the Hadean Age all the way to the present Halocene epoch. Make sure you have plenty of room as the accordion style pages stretch out to over five times the length of the average reader. It would make a fantastic display for the classroom or child’s bedroom.


The depth of the information is just enough to invite further research. Visual learners especially will find this to be a treat for the eyes. The hands-on approach also make learning fun and memorable. Here’s the official word from Prestel Publishing:

A Brief History of Life on Earth by Clémence Dupont unfolds in dramatic fashion in this amazing concertina picture book that takes readers from 4.6 billion years ago to the present day.

It’s difficult to grasp the enormous changes life on Earth has undergone since it first came into existence, but this marvelously illustrated book makes learning about our planet’s fascinating history easy and entertaining. In an accordion style, the series of pages take readers through every major geological period, with bright artwork and detailed drawings. Opening on lava-filled oceans and smoking volcanoes, the book unfolds, era by era, to show how life evolved from tiny protozoa and crustaceans to dinosaurs and mammals. Fully expanded to 8 meters (26 feet), this spectacular visual timeline is a very impressive panorama that reveals evolution in all its glory. Each page is brimming with illustrations that readers will turn to again and again. A celebration of life, this extraordinary and beautiful book illuminates the history of Earth for young readers in an unforgettable and delightful way.

CLÉMENCE DUPONT is an illustrator living in Strasbourg, France. This is her first book.

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  1. Well, this looks very cool. I just love time lines. Good ones really put things in perspective. Thanks for the review.

  2. What a great share. I love that the accordion-style pages. You’re right, some kids really into time lines would love to hang this across their wall — or a classroom. So many ways to use this book.

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