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The Voyage of the Beetle: A Journey around the World with Charles Darwin and the Search for the Solution to the Mystery of Mysteries, as Narrated by Rosie, an Articulate Beetle

Anne H. Weaver
Illustrated by George Lawrence

Winner of the 2008 Zia Award
Voted Book of the Year by the New Mexico State Library

Why are there so many different kinds, or species, of living things on earth, each uniquely fitted to its environment? For Charles Darwin, this question represented the "mystery of mysteries." Darwin first began to formulate an answer during a youthful voyage around the world on the H.M.S. Beagle from 1831 to 1835. Darwin's answer, known as the Theory of Natural Selection, changed the way we think about life on earth.

In a clever twist, this beautifully illustrated and engaging account reveals that Darwin had help from an unlikely source: a beetle named Rosie, who possessed a very un-beetle-like urge to see the world. Rosie the Beetle accompanied Darwin on the now-famous voyage of the Beagle. Her lively, witty narrative describes how she took Darwin under her wing, providing clues and hints that guided his insights. The young reader is challenged to use the clues to solve the mystery before Darwin does.

Anne Weaver and George Lawrence were recently interviewed on "Science Watch" on 1350 AM in Albuquerque. To access a podcast of that program, go to for excerpts, activities, and more.


Anne H. Weaver has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. She taught evolutionary anthropology at Santa Fe Community College for many years. She is now a full-time writer living in Santa Fe.

George Lawrence worked for twelve years in New York City as an architectural designer. He now lives in Santa Fe where he illustrates and designs interpretive exhibits for parks and nature centers throughout the United States.


"( The Voyage of the Beetle) is such an attractive book that it is sure to catch the attention of youngsters."


Reports of the National Center for Science Education

"…beautifully illustrated and brilliantly written. Author Anne H. Weaver and illustroator George Lawrence explain the Darwinian theory of natural selection by taking readers…on an oceanic journey with Charles Darwin…and a host of other creatures. As far as children’s books go, this one is quite, er, intelligently designed…”


Santa Fe New Mexican

"( The Voyage of the Beetle) is playful, creative, and beautifully conceived and executed..."


Science Books & Films

"Whether or not you 'believe' in evolution, the journey of this perceptive young man will open your eyes to greater depths in the wonders of nature--and maybe make you think twice before squashing a beetle."


Territorial Tattler

7 x 10 in. 80 pages 13 color plates, 9 halftones, 1 maps