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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Powerful and visually spectacular, Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world in a unique and atmospheric introduction to Darwin's theory of Natural Selection.

"This is a story of light and dark..."

Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden. Until
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Christie Angleton
This is absolutely stunning.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Evolution has become a topic that can make some feel scared to teach. This book demonstrates “change and adaption, survival and hope” in a very clear and beautiful way.
Not only does the story explain how animals change and adapt, but also the illustrations are clearly thought through to show this as well.
Shaye Miller
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a stunning nonfiction picture book that chronicles the experiences of the Peppered Moth over many years. In a series of gorgeous illustrations on many backdrops, we learn that the Peppered Moth was once mostly white with black specks so that it could easily be camouflaged against lichen-covered branches. At that time, the rare black moth was easily captured by prey because they stood out against the branches. But over time, humans interfered with the process by building coal powered fire ...more
Ellie L
Thomas and Egneus tell the tale of the adaptation of the Peppered Moth, as they find themselves under threat in an environment that is ever-changing and increasingly dangerous. I could not recommend this text highly enough, not only in how it depicts the process of evolution- but in how it allows us to look back at past actions and the impact upon the natural world. A story which I think could allow for moral debate as well as the space to break down scientific concepts.
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
Thank you Bloomsbury for sending me a finished copy of Moth. It has such a beautiful story of adaptation and change. Loved the art so much. It was beautifully done
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A+++ - perfectly written and beautifully illustrated to introduce these scientific concepts to kids in way that is easy to grasp.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jnf-sci, kidlit
loved the art in this book--If I remember nothing from this book, I will remember the feeling of looking at these pages and wanting to know more about the process of the illustration and wanting to play in the medium that was used.
This is a very easily accessible intro to the idea of adaptation, specifically focusing on moths. We actually had a day at the library where the internet was down for several hours and I managed to convince both boys to read and review this book for me and get their i
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uks2, lks2, evolution
This book is an amazing way to introduce evolution. It's story is simple and easy to understand, making quite a complex topic assessable. The pictures are stunning! They really help to illustrate the importance of the moths adaption. The language used in the book is well chosen, with great verbs and uses of alliteration. ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, nature
Absolutely loved this book!! Would be fabulous to use with the science curriculum plus a bit of history thrown in too. Or just a lovely story with beautiful illustrations
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
YR reading lesson
Beautiful illustrations, lovely to read.
Two pages of information on moths at the end.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This nonfiction picture book explains a specific process of evolution by following the story of the Peppered Moth. The moths emerge from their cocoons after the long winter, quickly seeking shelter from predators. At first, most of the moths had speckled black and white wings. It allowed them to better hide in the bark of the woods. The ones that happened to be born with dark wings got eaten by predators. So the speckled moths were able to survive to lay their eggs. But then the world around the ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is quite amazing to think that Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection can be quite vividly brought to life in a story of the life cycle of the tiny little peppered moth. In this story children will be introduced the concept of survival of a species and how often this survival is dependent upon an animal’s colour and ability to camouflage itself to stay safe from predators. During the industrial revolution in England in the 19th century, and the dramatic changes that were wrought by this revolut ...more
Sarah Elisabeth
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-1-20
This story talked about moths "evolving" throughout history. It explained the difference between dark colored moths and peppered moths and which ones survived during each time period. This was a great book for students to read because of the illustrations although there was not actual proof of where the writer go her facts. When having a non-fiction book in your classroom library you want it to be factual and resources are included in the story to show proof of research. I think this would be a ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas, illustrated by Daniel Egneus. NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK. Bloomsbury, 2019. $19. 9781547600205



A certain species of moth used to be a combination of black and white, mostly, but when the Industrial Revolution hit and the trees and buildings became covered with soot and ash, the darker version became more prevalent.

That’s a pretty utilitarian summary, but Thomas’s book is very lyrical and Eg
Supriya Kelkar
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, moving book about evolution and the impact we have on our world.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t, 2019t
Why we chose this book:
Nature literature? Always on my radar, and the synopsis for Moth sounded special. Bloomsbury Children's Books provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Mom's Review (V)

Beautiful and captivating, Moth introduces young readers to evolution and environmentalism through narrative. T loved the pictures and said he enjoyed the story, but he didn't understand how evolution worked after our initial read. This was no surprise. Throughout the day we continued to talk a
Oct 15, 2019 added it
Shelves: books-1-20
The story of Moth, is about a moth’s survival across the span of it’s lifetime. A moth’s journey to survive, begins as soon as they are born. The peppered moth’s wings are specifically created to help them adapt to their environment and remain hidden away from predators on the barks of trees. This particular adaptation had always been a useful trait for the peppered moth, until buildings and infrastructure begins to be created in their habitat. A moth’s survival continues to face its cha
Courtney Vandiver
Summary: A moth's survival journey starts immediately after it is born. These moths with peppered wings rely on the trees surrounding them to stay hidden. This adaptation has always worked until buildings begin to go up and their surroundings begin to change. The moth's journey to survival continues in this new habitat, as the trees have become covered in soot. These moths learn how to adapt and flourish in this new land as the Industrial Revolution is booming.

Evaluation: While this book has a
Katie Langley
Oct 07, 2019 added it
Shelves: 1-20
This is a book about natural selection. The story starts off with a peppered moth awakening from its cocoon, followed by multiple other moths waking up too. There are two types of moth mentioned in the book: light peppered moths, and dark peppered moths. The dark peppered moths are as dark as charcoal. The story discusses how predators are searching for food, and end up eating the charcoal peppered moths but not the light peppered ones. The reason why is because the light peppered moths
Kirstin King
In this book, the author describes the process of speckled moths adapting to their environments. Speckled moths with spotted wings blend in better with tress, and black moths are eaten by predators. However, as the air becomes more polluted and soot covers the trees, black moths are able to hide better from predators on the trees than the speckled moths, resulting in an increase of black moths, and a decrease of the spotted moths. However, as we begin to clean the environment, the trees regain t ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Visually stunning illustrations, created with watercolor, crayons, acrylics, collage, and Photoshop, complement an excellent explanation of evolution, natural selection, and adaptation on the part of one species--the peppered moth. As sometimes happens, some peppered moths with dark and light features are born while others with dark wings are born. The book's text and illustrations show how, over time, the dark-colored moths were easier for predators to spot against the light branches of trees, ...more
Katie Kubas
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-1-20
This book couples science and history as it tells the story of the speckled moths as they fought to survive using adaptations during the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain. The speckled moths were originally predominantly white and gray but as the industrial revolution carried on and pollution took over the area, the few moths that were able to survive were the darker moths. This book talks about one of the best examples of natural selection and evolution around.

When we dis
Grace Cantrell
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-21-40
Summary: This book is all about the natural selection and adaptation of the peppered moths. While the title says it is an evolution story this is not accurate. The book tells us the peppered moths were born with two types of colored wings. Some were born with salt and pepper wings while others had wings as dark as charcoal. The book goes on to describe how the pepper freckled winged moths were in abundance while the charcoal winged moths fell prey to their predators. The book's illustrations sho ...more
Lindsay Brzozowski
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
This is an informational story about the changes of a moth. It gives details about the moth, such as how the wings of moths look, and how they are not all the same. It describes their movements. It gives details about what eats moths. The story also shows how the change in the environment has caused moths to change colors completely in order to better survive and blend in.
The images are bold. They take up the entire page, without white space. The colors are mostly dark, to represent the time of
Libbi Lance
Oct 03, 2019 added it
Shelves: books-1-20
Summary: This book explains a science concept of natural selection and how animals evolve. It shows this in a way that readers can visualize the change that animals, or in this case moths, go through to adapt to the environment. The book at first hides the moth, and then it gets visible when the environment starts to change, which causes the moth to adapt.

Summary: I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a great visual and explanation of natural selection and how animals adapt to their environment
Raven Black
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The cover is gorgeous. The illustrations are a unique combination of romantic, realistic and abstract. These contradictions help give the feeling of night and day and the surroundings, plus making a story. The moths are black and white and the rest of the animals are in color. And even though the cover is made of that "soapy feeling" material, it was the perfect companion as it gave an otherworldly feeling that the moths inside give off. The text/story is a straightforward non-fiction telling of ...more
Taylor Sosebee
Moth is a nonfiction story about the evolution of a moth and how natural selection takes place. At the beginning of the story a peppered moth came out of its cocoon in the forest. Years later when the forest had been torn down during the industrial revolution charcoal moths were the ones that survived. This pattern repeats yearly based on what can survive in what habitat.

I found this book to move a bit slow. From the cover I thought this book would be really interesting and e
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Moth is a picture book about evolution. Don't let the cover and title fool you, this one is HIGHLY recommended for just about anyone!
I LOVE how everything in this book really works. Yes this book talks about moths, it talks about black moths and colored moths. It talks about survival and how moths evolved based on how its environment and habitats evolved. It talks about how humans contributed to this habitat change. It talks about how moths evolved along side of it.
So why is this so interesting?
Baylor Herring
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Summary: Moth, by Isabel Thomas, is a complex story about a Peppered Moth who struggles to survive the changes of environment by humans. This book truly captures the struggles that many different species encounter in the evolving human world, from forests being destroyed, to air being polluted. Holding onto hope is the only way these animals, or the Peppered Moth, know how to survive.
Analysis: I loved reading this book. The illustrations are complex and interesting all throughout the book. The
Meredith Peace
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1-20
The book opens with a peppered moth waking up to go find food and tried to not get eaten. The dark moths do get eaten, but the pepper speckled ones don’t. Then the trees get covered in soot from the factories, and the darker moths thrive. 50 years later the factories become cleaner and the trees are not covered with soot. This makes the peppered colored moths thrive again.
This book is not good for science education because it is not written by an expert and does not have a bibl
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