How the Dormacks Evolved Longer Backs


Dormacks are adorable creatures with their floppy ears and dappled fur. They spend their days foraging among the trees for their favorite food, nuts! But then the countryside freezes over and the nuts are no longer plentiful—they only grow on the very tops of the trees. Find out what this means for the dormack species as the animals navigate their changed environment over time. Paired with How the Piloses Evolved Skinny Noses, the dormacks’ story offers children a robust introduction to the most central of evolutionary principles, natural selection.

Author: Deb Kelemen, et. al.
Age Range : 7-9
Grades: 2-4
SKU: N/A Category: Product ID: 16029

For research using these books, see “Children can be taught basic natural selection using a picture-storybook intervention.” Kelemen, D., Emmons, N.A., Seston Schillaci, R. & Ganea, P. (2014).

Book Details:

  • ISBN: 9781943431274
  • Genre: Children's Nonfiction: Education Resource/Animals
  • Page Count: 28
  • Age Range: 7-9
  • Grades: 2-4
  • Lexile Level: 770
  • Pub Date: 01/06/2018
  • Series Title: Evolving Minds

Deb Kelemen, Author

Deb Kelemen is a parent, child development researcher and educator with a passion for understanding children’s beliefs about the natural world and addressing their common science misconceptions. A Fellow of the Association for Psychological Sciences, she is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University where she directs the Child Cognition Lab: home to the Evolving Minds Project, a National Science Foundation-funded group that develops educational materials to support early science learning. She loves to talk about children, nature and STEM education and speaks regularly in workshops, schools and universities.

Listen to Deb Kelemen and famed evolutionary theorist, Richard Dawkins, on BBC Radio 4 Live!

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