|aGregor Mendel :|bthe friar who grew peas /|cby Cheryl Bardoe ; illustrated by Jos. A. Smith.
|aThe friar who grew peas
|aNew York :|bAbrams Books for Young Readers,|cc2006.
|a1 v. :|bcol. ill. ;|c26 cm.
|a"Published in association with the Field Museum."
|aIncludes bibliographical references.
|a"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."--Publisher's website.
|aPresents the life of the geneticist, discussing the poverty of his childhood, his struggle to get an education, his life as a monk, his discovery of the laws of genetics, and the rediscovery of his work thirty-five years after its publication.
|aAmerican Library Association Notables (2007); Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Honorable Mention (2007)
Gregor Mendel explains to children the theory of heredity in simple-to-understand language and examples. Regarded as the world’s first geneticist, Gregor Mendel discovered one of the fundamental aspects of genetic science: animals, plants, and people all inherit and pass down traits through the same process. Living the slow-paced, contemplative life of a friar, Gregor Mendel was able to conceive and put into practice his great experiment—observing yellow peas, green peas, smooth peas, and wrinkled peas to craft his theory—years before scientists had any notion of genes. Includes an author’s note and bibliography.Awards for Gregor MendelOrbis Pictus Honor BookALA-ALSC Notable BookIRA Notable BookAAAS/Subaru SB&F Excellence in Science Book Finalist
Cheryl Bardoe is a former senior project manager of exhibitions at the Field Museum in Chicago. She lives in Wallingford, Connecticut.Jos. A. Smith is a well-known illustrator of numerous books for children. He is a professor of fine arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.