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Drawing on the recent discovery of a fully-frozen, 40,000-year-old baby mammoth, this book explores the latest theories about how these colossal creatures fit into their Ice Age landscape—and how learning about them could help us keep modern elephants from suffering their fate of extinction.

Reviewers say...

"Although the animals are long extinct, Bardoe makes clear their relevance..."  —The Washington Post

“A highly intelligent account of an important scientific mystery.” —American Archaeology

“A handsome introduction.” —Booklist

“Will be a popular book in any nonfiction collection.”  —Cedar Rapids Gazette

How do mothers and fatherswhether they are apple trees, sheep, or humanspass down traits to their children?  The world's first geneticist, Gregor Mendel overcame poverty to discover fundamental aspects of heredity. Readers will be inspired by his search for knowledge, and his famous experiments are easy to understand as an introduction to genetics.

Reviewers say...

“As much a treat for the eye as it is for the curious mind.  —School Library Journal

“Easy-to-understand graphs show the results of Mendel's experiments, which, along with his theories, are clearly explained… this visually pleasing book works as a fine source of introductory information on both the man and the science he pioneered.” —Booklist

“The pacing of page-turns is a masterly recreation on paper of the cycle of waiting and discovery Mendel himself experienced...The narrative moves back and forth from hard science, collegially explaining such complex concepts as genetic traits and dominant and recessive genes, to the vicissitudes of scholarship, sympathetically revealing how Mendel’s genius was overlooked during his life. A lovely tribute.  —Kirkus

Awards and Honors

* Orbis Pictus Honor, National Council of Teachers of English

* Notable Book, American Library Association

* Notable Book, International Reading Association

* Finalist, AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Book

Awards and Honors

* Orbis Pictus Honor, National Council of Teachers of English

* Outstanding Science Trade Book, National Science Teachers Association

* Junior Library Guild Selection

* Bank Street Best Children’s Books of 2011 Selection

Abrams Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 081098413X

ISBN: 978-0810984134

Abrams Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 081098413X

ISBN: 978-0810984134

© 2010 Cheryl Bardoe, All Rights Reserved. Photos of author by Cathryn Montoya

If you want permission to use something from this site, please contact the author at cb@cherylbardoe.com


Educator Guides

(content aligns with national and Illinois standards)


Hear the scientific illustrator talk about how he combines art and science to create images of prehistoric animals.


Find out where you can see The Field Museum’s exhibition on mammoths.

 

Educator Guide

(linked to national educational standards in science and math)



Photos of Mendel’s boyhood home in the Czech Republic.

New in
2011!

Once upon a time, seven tiny duck beaks pecked their way out of their eggs, but the eighth egg was a little bit different...He had no waddle! No feathers! And his teeth were too big! Believing he was ugly and feeling like he didn’t fit in, the eighth duckling decided to leave his family and venture out on his own to find a place where he belonged. But was there such a place for this unusual duckling?

Reviewers say...

Facial characterization excels, from the nasty neighbor who can’t keep her comments to herself to the hope written all over the ugly “duckling’s” face ... A sure winner for those    dino-hungry readers. —Kirkus

“Children will enjoy this fractured version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling… The extensive appended notes, including details of recent fossil findings, and a bibliography will grab dinosaur buffs and widen this title’s potential for curricular sharing.   —Booklist

Abrams Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780810997394
ISBN:978-0810997394
This humorous and charming take on The Ugly Duckling is sure to captivate every dinophile, young and old. The book also includes scientific illustrations of the animals in the story and an author’s note about the connection between dinosaurs and modern birds, and recent fossil finds that show the ancestors of modern ducks living alongside the dinosaurs.
New in
2011!