At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons--all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial fork in our road. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species' future if we change?
With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today's young people will inherit. Triangle Square's The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is a book for future generation and the future they'll help build.
Grades 7-12. Tackling the concept of humans as animals is no easy feat. This adaptation of Diamond’s 1992 adult edition of the The Third Chimpanzee meticulously chronicles humans’ documented relationship to chimpanzees in conjunction with the parallel story of environmental changes over time. In aiming for a young audience, Diamond focuses on the accessibility of the text as he illuminates dense scientific theories. Determined young scholars might read the narrative with a wary curiosity as they encounter Diamond’s questioning spirit: “Will we suddenly blow ourselves up, or sink slowly into a stew of global warming, pollution, more mouths to feed with less food, and the loss of species we need to survive?” An inspired educator will certainly help prime students’ interest in tackling big ideas and counterintuitive arguments regarding such topics as decreasing cultural diversity in our global community and its potential impact on genocide. Chock-full of short chapter sections that could serve as individual prompts on subtopics, this adaptation for young people might be best suited for guided group discussion. Photographs, illustrated source images, and a brief glossary accompany the text.