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Gregor Mendel by Cheryl Bardoe
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Nov 07, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: history-biography, science
Read in January, 2005

What a great book to support early science learning in the field of genetics! I was familiar with Mendel's story, and I was pleasantly surprised that the author and illustrator (Joseph A. Smith) could take what would seem to be a boring topic and create such a pretty and engaging book. The science details are strong and would be a good entry for young scientists in learning how traits are passed from one generation to the next. Readers get a glimpse into life in Mendel's rural Czech village, his quest to make a career for himself, and his ground-breaking discovery. We also learn of how his work was overlooked for 35 years before other scientists made the connection that his work had implications beyond the garden. For ages 7-9.

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message 1: by Sara (new)

Sara Wow! What an interesting book. I have always loved science - especially biology. "Mendel boxes" were always really fun, according to geeky me, anyway. I'm glad that you picked out this book and that you said it made a "boring" topic interesting!

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