“Great book to read to your child to introduce Gregor Mendel and genetics! I read it to my then-five year old and we were all fascinated. It gave just the right amount of information to absorb for early elementary.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Great book to read to your child to introduce Gregor Mendel and genetics! I read it to my then-five year old and we were all fascinated. It gave just the right amount of information to absorb for early elementary.”Angela M wrote this review Tuesday, July 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a really cute book explaining how Gregor Mendel lived and his work discovering how genetic traits are passed down from generation to generation. I read this with my 10 year old when she was studying genetics in science to give the background to the process he went through to understand how offspring resemble their parents. The illustrations are interesting and help the reader understand better than a simple punett square would. What was interesting was that this book didn't shrink away from talking about Mendel's religious vocation in the Catholic Church. Many books want to keep the man and throw away his religion. This one appreciated that his religion produced the man and gave him the time, ability and unique understanding to accomplish the work that made him famous. ”Lisa wrote this review Friday, September 24, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Inside Cover: How do mothers and fathers -- whether they are apple trees, sheep, or humans -- pass down traits to their children? This question fascinated Gregor Mendel throughout his life. Regarded as the world's first geneticist, Gregor Mendel overcame poverty and obscurity to discover one of the fundamental aspects of genetic science: Animals, plants, and people all inherit and pass down traits through the same process, following the same rules. Living the slow-paced, contemplative life of a friar, Gregor Mendel was able to conceive and put into practice his great experiment: growing multiple generations of peas. From observing yellow peas, green peas, smooth peas, and wrinkled peas, Mendel crafted his theory of heredity -- years before scientists had any notion of genes. Children will be inspired by Gregor's never-ending search for knowledge, and his famous experiments are easy to understand as an introduction to genetics.
A contemporary of Charles Darwin's, Mendel never suffered the angst of feeling he had to throw out God to pursue his science. Being fully formed in his faith, he knew he could rest assured that God was big enough to encompass good science, not be crushed by it. ”
“Wonderfully written--the bright and clear writing, the crisp illustrations all manage to deliver information effortlessly. What a great contribution to young readers everywhere. A must have on my Christmas list for the young ones I know. ”Soyna O wrote this review Monday, November 12, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No