Life Story

Life Story

by Virginia Lee Burton


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Earth takes center stage in this updated version of Virginia Lee Burton’s 1962 classic Life Story. Told through five acts, Burton’s art and text tell the history of earth from beginning to present day. Readers will gain an in-depth understanding of the planet’s history and their leading roles in it today. The book has been updated with cutting-edge science, including up-to-the-minute information on fossil records and the geologic principles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547203591
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/16/2009
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 67
Sales rank: 446,889
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for THE LITTLE HOUSE, Burton's books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans. She is the author of many classic children's picture books, including MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL and KATY AND THE BIG SNOW.

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Life Story 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
enbrown504 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This informational story picture book presents a nice look at the development of earth and life on it. The writing is concise and the tone is neutral and narrative. The organization is chronological with no chapters or headings. The illustrations are prominent. The right side of the spread accompinies the text on the left with an illustration of the scene that was earth at the time being described. The illustrations are framed by curtains to give the image of a theatrical scene. The text on the left side of the spread i surrounded by other illustrations often of fossils or other ancient organisms and their taxonomic lineage. The writing is fairly simple and probably directed toward elementary and maybe middle school. I liked the book for its presentation more than its content. The descriptions are brief but gives students an engaging glimpse at what the earth was like at certain points in its natural history. I would use this book as an intro to a natural history or earth science unit. It would be a good tool to capture students attention and get their imaginations working with the material.
smoore75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Life Story is a beautifully illustrated book about the history of earth and the evolution of life on earth up to now. The book begins by setting the stage for how earth was created and over five acts, it's history is told. I really enjoyed reading this book and found the illustrations really interesting. They reminded me of folk art and there is a fluid sort of flow to them. I really loved it. I could see using this book in my science classes to hook students on subject matter.
YESterNOw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This kind of blew my mind in the '80s when I was a budding science/dinosaur freak
9001toshiko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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Journey9 More than 1 year ago
This was my son's favorite book as a child .. . he began looking at it as a picture book and having it read to him as a toddler. It is beautifully written and illustrated. I admire all the works of Virginia Lee Burton. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago