Hannah Bonner was born and raised on the Spanish island of Mallorca, she went to Oberlin College in Ohio, where she studied biology and art. Over the years she managed to bring her two loves together by specialising in natural science illustration. In 2000 she illustrated the best-selling Scholastic Science Dictionary. Shortly thereafter she began writing as well as illustrating.
Gr 3-6-In this companion to When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth (National Geographic, 2004), Bonner explores life on Earth during the Silurian and Devonian periods. Not only did plants and bugs emerge from oceans to adapt to land, but by the late Devonian, some fish also began to make the transition. Bonner's clear, engaging writing conveys plenty of information without overwhelming readers, and her illustrations offer fascinating visual representations of unusual creatures and landscapes. Small cartoons add touches of humor. Maps of the continents today are juxtaposed with larger representations of the landmasses in the two periods. Visual time lines of Earth's history through four billion years clarify the period covered. This exemplary science book will serve report writers well and captivate casual readers.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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