Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection - Millgate House Education

Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection

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4.93 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings
(15 customer reviews)

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Age Range:

Learners age 8-14


Alan Hesse

If you are teaching evolution in primary schools then this resource is perfect. Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection tells the story of Darwin's legendary visit to the Galápagos Islands in 1835 and his return to fame and fortune - and also tragedy - in England. Darwin’s observations and the many specimens he brought back from his voyage eventually led to the discovery of the theory of evolution by natural selection. Historically and scientifically accurate, this comic-style book tracks Darwin's adventures in the mysterious and wonderful Galápagos Islands, and celebrates his legacy in forever changing our understanding of the natural world.

Originally created for the Charles Darwin Foundation in Galápagos, this comic-style book combines beautiful illustrations with engaging text to appeal to all children learning about evolution.

Teaching evolution in primary schools

In 2014, evolution was added to the English primary science curriculum. This resource introduces the characters who first began thinking about evolution by natural selection, a very important aspect of the curriculum. This resource is perfect simply to have in a school library, or book corner for children to use.

Alternatively it could be used as a starting point for many cross-curricular classroom activities while teaching evolution in primary schools. Can your class write a diary entry for Darwin explaining how he feels when he arrives on the Galápagos Islands? How about a letter to a friend about the discoveries they have made? Another option would be to use a section of the comic to introduce a research project on a particular animal.

Click here to find out why the NSTA Recommends website recommend this resource to make natural selection come to life.

Check out Let's talk about evolution, our teachers guide to evolution in the new primary national curriculum.

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£6.00 – £20.00


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15 reviews for Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection

  1. 5 out of 5


    If you want an accurate and uplifting examination of Darwin’s famous voyage to the Galapagos, read Alan Hesse’s illustrated story. Hesse is an astute scientist-artist (with a hilarious sense of humor), and he uses his gifts to animate Darwin’s life and theory. Whether you are 15 or 75 or somewhere in between, read this book to grasp how perceptions of the human condition were forever altered due to young Darwin’s observations. Hesse’s book should be in every library and science department.

  2. 5 out of 5


    The theory of natural selection has always fascinated me and at last it is explained in a visually stimulating and clear way. As a head teacher, I recommend this book. I am sure school pupils as well as older students will enjoy the marvellous cartoon narrative and concise text.

  3. 5 out of 5


    This is brilliant. A beautifully crafted masterpiece for any age. Great for schools and general interest.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Beautifully illustrated, terrific storytelling, lots to make you smile as you read this. Very engaging book for kids and adults alike.

  5. 5 out of 5


    This has been my go to gift for young biologists and curious kids- a huge hit. Beautiful illustrations allow for kids of different ages to read with their parents, but the content and story allows for older ones to engage in and learn about this incredible journey. A must have for any family that wants to inspire and support their children’s passion for ecology, wildlife, and the history of science!

  6. 5 out of 5


    My 12 year old daughter really enjoyed reading this book. She already knew something about Charles Darwin from a Horrible Histories song about him on TV so was very interested to find out about him. This book really helped her to understand who Darwin was, his historical context and why his discoveries were so important. She found the story entertaining and easy to follow and she really liked the illustrations which are lighthearted and lively. As an adult I also found the book very engaging and educational and I found the final section on Darwin’s legacy and the very clear explanation of his theories about natural selection genuinely enlightening.

  7. 5 out of 5


    Fantastic piece of work, wonderfully written. Artist’s details are superb. Story line is highly accurate. Excellent teaching aid for my student classes and for the kids at home alike. Clearly, Hesse is well versed in the area of this subject matter. Fun to read and to share. Would be great to see this work as part of a series of historical versions of important biological discoveries and personalities in this comic format. Any chance of this happening, Mr. Hesse?

  8. 5 out of 5


    this is amazingly refreshing! Got it for Christmas and all of a sudden the kids and us all are experts on Darwin! The detail of the comic illustrations are of an extremely high standard and comparable to Tin Tin and Giles, brilliant. This is the sort of book you can look at again and again, for entertainment as much as for purpose of knowledge and or study. Every kid and every biology and other department should have one, and school libraries should have at least x10 of these.. (ed: no relation to author, but see we share same name! how cool is that, probably why a friend gave me a copy for Xmas + knows how much I love travel)

  9. 5 out of 5


    Great illustrations!

  10. 5 out of 5


    Lovely illustrations and a fine presentation to pore over with the young’uns.

  11. 5 out of 5


    This is such a clever, creative and beautiful way to tell one of science’s greatest stories. This would make the greatest gift for anyone interested in evolution, comics, the Galapagos or just great storytelling. This might be the best gift idea for 2015!

  12. 5 out of 5


    This fantastically illustrated comic focuses on the five weeks that Darwin spent in Galapagos and the subsequent development of the theory of evolution which finally resulted in Darwin’s seminal publication ‘On the Origin of Species’. Taking such a story and turning it into a comic that is both enjoyable and accessible to a wide range of ages is no mean feat, but Alan Hesse has done a brilliant job. Now available for the first time in English, this historically and scientifically accurate book makes for a great educational resource.

  13. 5 out of 5


    A fantastic book for all ages – packed with information and brilliant illustrations with wonderful humorous touches in the detail.

  14. 4 out of 5


    good presentation

  15. 5 out of 5


    Charles Darwin’s voyage on board the HMS Beagle is one of the most famous expeditions of the 19th century. In 1839, he published his Journal of Researches which gives a detailed account of his observations and findings during this five year journey. But whilst this classic is an exciting and enjoyable read, it can be somewhat of an undertaking. Alan Hesse’s fantastically illustrated comic focuses on the five weeks that Darwin spent in Galapagos and the subsequent development of the theory of evolution. Hesse has done a brilliant job at taking this story and turning into a comic that is both enjoyable and accessible to a wide range of ages. Now available for the first time in English, this historically and scientifically accurate book makes for a great educational resource.

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