Charles and Emma

Heiligman, D. (2009). Charles and Emma: the Darwins leap of faith. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

charles and emma

This biography of Charles Darwin is a Printz book and I loved how it displayed that even though Charles and Emma Darwin’s beliefs were incredibly different, they loved each other and lived peacefully. Charles believed in evolution and his wife was very religious, and after a family member dying, she believed in an afterlife, which Charles did not agree with. The book was put together very well in that it was really boring, but nevertheless captivating through most of the story. It did take a while to read because it was boring, though. I would probably give it to upper high school  students who have already studied Darwin so that they are more familiar with the controversy between Charles and Emma’s beliefs.


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