What can I say about this edition of Grandmother Fish that we didn’t already say during the Kickstarter, after I got my backer copy, when the MacMillian publishing deal was announced, or on our podcast? Well, for starters, I think the amount of times I’ve written or talked about this book since I first heard about it two-years ago, is a testament to how awesome I think it is. There aren’t many books I can say that I’ve regularly read to my son for years. Books come and go pretty frequently with little kids, but Grandmother Fish has stood the test of time.
And at only three-years-old, there is still plenty more my son can get from this book. All of the adult assistance on talking about evolution, common errors and misconceptions, and the giant family tree are all still there (albeit formatted slightly differently). We haven’t really gotten into those pieces much yet, but I know that my son’s love of Grandmother Fish will ensure he’ll be interested when he’s a little older and can start discussing the nuances of evolution. It’s ability to teach something about evolution to any age (including adults), is the true beauty of Grandmother Fish (though the art is really beautiful too).
Speaking of the art, all of the original art is reproduced here. I have to admit I was a little worried that a big publishing house might want to edit a book about evolution some, but everything is still here–all the original text and art–though the paper quality is even better, a tad glossier, and all of the colors are even more vibrant.
My favorite thing about this edition though is that the publisher left all of the backer names in the inside cover. That alone proves how much the publisher cares about Grandmother Fish and the people who made it a success in the first place. There’s even a GeekMom quote on the back of the book!
If somehow you still haven’t gotten yourself a copy of Grandmother Fish, or if you love your copy so much but want to share this great book with others, now is the time to do it as the book is easier to get than ever with Macmillan behind it. Jonathan Tweet and Karen Lewis have made magic, and you should own a piece of it. Order it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Macmillan.
NOTE: While I was a backer and paid for my own original copy, Macmillan sent me a copy of their edition of the book for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions above are my own.