Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas

Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas

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Hardcover, Pages: 40

Genres: Science, Biography, Childrens, Picture Books

Language: English

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Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas
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The only picture book available about the father of genetics and his pea plants!

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, 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 neverending search for knowledge, and his famous experiments are easy to understand as an introduction to genetics. F&P level: Q

Reader Reviews
  •    Kazshura Creper
    2020
    Great story to teach children about genetics. The illustrations are perfect.
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  •    Akiramar Anguiano
    2020
    An engaging picture-book biography of Gregor Mendel, the nineteenth century scholar and monk whose experiments breeding peas laid the groundwork for the modern science of genetics, Cheryl Bardoe's debut children's title (and her only one, to date) is a triumph! Following Mendel's life from his humble origins, as the son of ethnically German farmers in what is now the Czech Republic, through his early days as a student, his life as a monk and teacher, at the Augustinian Abbey of St. Thomas, in Brno, and his ground-breaking study of heredity, which demonstrated the existence of dominant and recessive traits, and led to the promulgation of Mendel's Laws, Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas is as enjoyable as it is educational.

    Bardoe, who is the Senior Project Manager at The Field Museum in Chicago, has a clear understanding of, and sympathy for, her subject, something that is immediately apparent in her narrative, which makes a rather complicated topic (the conclusions to be drawn from Mendel's experiment) comprehensible for young readers. Jos A. Smith's accompanying watercolor illustrations are simply lovely, making the book an aesthetic pleasure as well! All in all, this children's biography of an important figure in scientific history is a success, and I highly recommend it to all young readers with an interest in science, or to any teacher trying to explain the concept of heredity to children.
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