Jennifer Morgan: Books & Programs

Universe Story Trilogy

Cosmology for everyone, this is a story of the universe from the Big Bang to the formation of Earth, in the form of a letter written by the thirteen-billion-year-old universe itself to an Earthling.
The Universe continues with the story of Earth from the beginning of life up to the extinction of dinosaurs.
Covers the story of mammals from 65 million years ago to today, including the human story.

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FROM LAVA TO LIFE
The Universe Tells Our Earth Story

Topics covered:

Beginning of life
Bacteria
Oxygen crisis
Eucaryotes
Nucleus
Multicellular life
Amphibians
Reptiles
Dinosaurs
Mammals
Extinction of dinosaurs

Paperback $9.95 ISBN: 1-58469-042-9
Hardback $19.95 ISBN: 1-58469-043-7
Published by Dawn Publications (DawnPub.com)

A review by April Whitt in PLANETARIAN: JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL PLANETARIUM SOCIETY (June 2003)

This second book of Jennifer Morgan's science trilogy begins with the formation of Earth. Utilizing the same large format, brightly colored illustrations and lovingly crafted text, the reader is drawn into the story of life.

Tension between growth and habitat, adaptaion of the first organisms to the poisonous clouds of oxygen that accumulated, and everything operating under solar power keep the story lively.

The rise of multi-celled organisms, then plants and fungi, through insects, fish, and amphibians to reptiles culminates with dinosaurs, birds and early mammals. The meteorite impact that decimated life described and the Universe exclaims, "There was Earth, once again, smack in the middle of another disaster."

LAVA TO LIFE contains the same wonderful features that impressed me in BORN WITH A BANG. Large, colorful paintings illustrate the book. A time-line across the tops of the pages begins with "molten Earth" and counts toward animals and plants. At the bottom of each page is the science concept referenced in the appendices. The summary page of "I learned . . ." ends with "By the way, did you notice that I left lots of fossil clues around for Earthling scientists to piece together my story? Pretty neat, isn't it?

"Will captivate children about life on our Earth before there were any children at all."
-- Lynn Margulis, Ph.D., evolutionary biologist, co-developer of the Gaia hypothesis

"The sooner children hear these words, the better off they will be."
-- Thomas Berry, Ph.D., cultural historian, author of The Dream of the Earth

"A primer for children of the 21st centuray. A must for all of us!"
-- Barbara Marx Hubbard, author, Conscious Evolution