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  • Published: 19 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141388502
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: $27.99

On The Origin of Species




The revolutionary scientific book that explained evolution to millions of people for the first time, retold in stylish and accessible picture-book form.

The first ever picture-book retelling of Charles Darwin's On The Origin of Species; this accessible work brings evolution to the younger generation through stylish illustrations and a simple, easy-to-understand text.

On The Origin of Species has been the definitive explanation of the theory of evolution since it was first published in 1859. Now molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva unites her two passions to create a 64-page retelling of this seminal text.

Pulling together Darwin's observations from his travels around the world and his groundbreaking - and controversial - explanation of how species form, develop and change over hundreds of thousands of years, On The Origin of Species is as relevant and important now as it ever was.

  • Published: 19 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141388502
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: $27.99

About the authors

Sabina Radeva

Sabina Radeva is a graphic designer, illustrator, and teacher based in Oxford, England. In 2008 she graduated the Molecular Biology M.Sc. programs at Max Planck Institute, Germany. Gradually, she realised that her creative hobbies brought more happiness and fulfilment than working in the lab so she began to take on-line creative classes, read numerous design textbooks and attended art
and design conferences. In 2009 she left science and started freelancing as a graphic designer. In 2015 she started her MA in Illustration studies at University of Hertfordshire.

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809 in Shropshire, England. He was educated at Edinburgh University and Christ's College, Cambridge. Between 1831 and 1836 he travelled in South America aboard the H.M.S Beagle to explore the geology and natural history of the area, and published his journal of findings in 1839. His most famous book On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, appeared in 1859 and is arguably one of the most important scientific works ever published. The theories of evolution and natural selection proposed in this book and The Descent of Man (1871) are still the subject of intense debate and scrutiny today. Charles Darwin died on 19 April, 1882 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Praise for On The Origin of Species

Vibrantly illustrated ... a beautiful, accessible volume, a must for primary schools, libraries and beyond.

The Bookseller

Vibrantly illustrated ... a beautiful, accessible volume, a must for primary schools, libraries and beyond.

The Bookseller

An entrancing picture-book retelling of Darwin's on the Origin of Species ... filled with informative, beautifully designed diagrams and maps.

The Guardian

An entrancing picture-book retelling of Darwin's on the Origin of Species ... filled with informative, beautifully designed diagrams and maps.

The Guardian

Sabina's love of science and illustration combine wonderfully in this undeniably beautiful book, distilling Darwin's study down and then conveying it with complete clarity and obvious delight.

Sophy Henn

Sabina's love of science and illustration combine wonderfully in this undeniably beautiful book, distilling Darwin's study down and then conveying it with complete clarity and obvious delight.

Sophy Henn

A great introduction to one of the most important books ever written.

RTE Guide

A great introduction to one of the most important books ever written.

RTE Guide

Evolution explained, in this strikingly accessible picture book...perfect for a younger audience

Picture Book Blogger

Evolution explained, in this strikingly accessible picture book...perfect for a younger audience

Picture Book Blogger

Sabina Radeva's book is a wonderful introduction to Charles Darwin's ideas. It will appeal to children, but also, by its deft handling of a number of common misconceptions, may well surprise many adults. She has not shied away from either historical language or scientific ideas and handles both with great charm and without oversimplification.

Alison M. Pearn, Associate Director, Darwin Correspondence Project

Sabina Radeva's book is a wonderful introduction to Charles Darwin's ideas. It will appeal to children, but also, by its deft handling of a number of common misconceptions, may well surprise many adults. She has not shied away from either historical language or scientific ideas and handles both with great charm and without oversimplification.

Alison M. Pearn, Associate Director, Darwin Correspondence Project

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