Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth

Written by Nicola Davies
Illustrated by Emily Sutton

The flora and fauna of the earth are not only beautifully diverse but also interdependent in magnificently complicated ways. The author shows that interdependence in simple terms, highlighting food chains and ways usefulness goes both ways. She also shows how man’s shortsightedness has contributed to the elimination of some vital species. As a zoologist, the author maintains that extinctions need to be stopped.

Wonderfully rich and detailed illustrations show just how busy the earth is, with over two million species identified over the years by humans. Even the end pages get into the act showing many, many plants and animals.

Enough of the text is familiar (elephants and oak trees) to catch a reader’s attention, while enough is new and unusual (Galapagos rosy iguana and microbes that make volcanic lakes brightly colored) to spark curiosity and further research. Recommended for the classroom and for at the home of a budding biologist.

  • Many2Title: Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth
  • Author: Nicola Davies
  • Illustrator: Emily Sutton
  • Published: Candlewick Press, 2017
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
  • Grade Level: K to 3
  • Genre: Picture Book, Biology, Ecology
  • ISBN: 978-0-7636-9483-8

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