Moth: An Evolution Story
Book cover
Author(s): Isabel Thomas
Illustrator(s): Daniel Egnéus
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN/ISSN: 9781547600205
Review

Lushly Illustrated and featuring straightforward yet lyrical language, this story explains how species adapt to changes in the environment. The peppered moths were protected from predators by their wings, which matched the trees they alighted upon. But dark-winged peppered moths were easy prey. Then, as the world filled up with chimney smoke, the dark winged moths assumed an advantage. Years went by, people cleaned up the polluted air, and the speckled wings once again were camouflaged. The passage of history and the changes in the moth wings comes through beautifully in both word and illustration, making the concepts of natural selection and adaptation easy enough for even the youngest readers and listeners to understand. The text evokes sensory images through word choice and physical placement on the page, sometimes appearing in the form of paragraphs, sometimes swooping through the illustrations. The artwork, rendered in watercolor, crayons, acrylics, and collage, reflects the colors described in the text, as well as the shapes and textures that are needed to make this story come alive. A beautiful book for reading aloud or for group or individual reading, it could also be used as a supplemental source in science or nature units. The final two pages provide the story of the peppered moth, with information for the adult reader (or an advanced student reader) about the process of evolution and natural selection. From the cover, with its shiny silvers and deep purples, through the affecting, simply told middle section, and all the way to the ending, this superb book, with its message of hope, is a standout.

Reviewer: Mary Northrup
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): K-2
Review Date: September 1, 2019
Product Description
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 the world begins to change...

Along come people with their magnificent machines which stain the land with soot. In a beautiful landscape changed by humans how will one little moth survive?

A clever picture book text about the extraordinary way in which animals have evolved, intertwined with the complication of human intervention. This remarkable retelling of the story of the peppered moth is the perfect introduction to natural selection and evolution for children.
Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: HC
# Pages: 48
Price: $18.99
Genre: Children's Books
Sub-Genre: Picture Books
Entry ID: 2216105

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