Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman - - Children's book review from Reading Rumpus

Perhaps no scientist in modern history has stirred as much debate as Charles Darwin. But in 1838, a twenty-something Darwin had pressing concerns. He’d returned from his great, and science altering, five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle. It was time to make a choice. Down the center of a piece of paper he drew a line. On one side he wrote, “Marry,” on the opposing side he wrote, “Not Marry.” Across the top: “This is the Question.” Yes, young Charles had more pressing matters than whether to change the face of science and religion forever.

But because the story is called Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith, we begin knowing Charles’s decision, can easily guess that the pros outweighed the cons. And the pros of the Darwin’s marriage are plenty: a loving and understanding relationship, a respectful friendship, ten children, a beautiful home and blessed life....... Continue reading the review, along with teaching resources, on Reading Rumpus.

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