The third chimpanzee for young people : on the evolution and future of the human animal (For Young People) (#0823ES8)

by Stefoff, Rebecca

2 reviews & awards | 2 full-text reviews

Paperback Seven Stories Press, Triangle Square books for young readers, 2015
Price: USD 15.64
Description: xiii, 370 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Dewey: 599.93; Int Lvl: YA
LEX 1180L; F&P Z+


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Hardcover Seven Stories Press, Triangle Square books for young readers, 2014

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Adapted from Jared Diamond's The third chimpanzee.;Includes index.;A tale of three chimps -- The great leap forward -- Human sexuality -- The origin of human races -- Why do we grow old and die? -- The mystery of language -- Animal origins of art -- Agriculture, for better and worse -- Why do we smoke, drink, and use dangerous drugs? -- Alone in a crowded universe -- The last first contacts -- Accidental conquerors -- In black and white -- The golden age that never was -- Blitzkrieg and thanksgiving in the new world -- The second cloud -- Afterword : nothing learned, everything forgotten? Reflects on the puzzle of human evolution, on where we came from and where we may be heading.

From the Publisher
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.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press, Triangle Square books for young readers
  • Publication Date: May 19, 2015
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: First trade paperback edition May 2015.
  • Dewey: 599.93
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: xiii, 370 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Tracings: Adapted from: Diamond, Jared M. Third chimpanzee.
  • ISBN-10: 1-60980-611-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60980-611-8
  • Follett Number: 0823ES8
  • Interest Level: YA
  • Lexile: 1180L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: Z+

Reviews & Awards
  • School Library Journal, 05/01/14
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 06/01/14

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (August 2014 (Online))
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.

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