The Mysterious You series explores the mysteries of the human body using an exciting mix of thoroughly researched factual information, amazing anecdotes and surprising try-it activities. In Baa!, kids unravel the mysteries of genes and see how traits like dimples and hair colour are passed down through their family tree. They can then explore the secrets of cloning -- what it is and what changes it may bring in the future. Kids can learn about * natural selection * genetic mutations * DNA and forensics * gene mapping * cloning in nature and in the lab * future predictions With simple language and kid-friendly examples, Baa! helps demystify an intriguing, but often difficult-to-grasp, subject in a way that kids can understand.
Like other books in this series (Burp! and Hmm?), this one offers a barrage of information for the curious, presented in an eye-catching way.
Nicolson has a knack for finding interesting details and sidelight that illustrate the main points without dry explication. Her explanations of scientific concepts are brief, but surprisingly clear. Though sometimes comical or downright goofy, Cowles' paintings have a lively, informal air that helps make the subject of genetics more accessible to young people.
Nicolson does maintain a steady balance between breadth and depth in this primer on genetic mechanisms and issues. Sidebars offer instructions for very basic demonstrations of each topic. In addition, she expertly sets the stage for upcoming developments in the already-begun genetic revolution.
Baa! Is as enjoyable to read through in a sitting as it is useful as a reference for kids needing up-to-date background on a timely, exciting subject.
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