By Deb Kelemen and The Boston University Child Cognition Lab
Developed by learning experts and backed by scientific research, this simple story of adaptation explains how animals come to have the special body parts that they do, setting children on a lifelong path to a clear scientific understanding of evolution
A research-based tool for learning! The piloses are a busy species, spending their days snuffling up the millibugs that keep them healthy and strong. But as the climate grows hotter, the millibugs disappear into deep underground tunnels. What happens to piloses who can no longer reach the millibugs? And what happens to the piloses species over time? Journey with these engaging creatures as they introduce children to the amazing mechanism of natural selection.
Research has shown that, using this book, children as young as second or third grade can master the concept of natural selection.
“Children can be taught basic natural selection using a picture-storybook intervention.” —Kelemen, D., Emmons, N.A., Seston Schillaci, R. & Ganea, P. (2014).
“A delightful way of telling one of the greatest stories ever told, evolution by natural selection, and a lovely contribution to the pressing challenge of enhancing scientific literacy at all ages.” —Steven Pinker, author, How the Mind Works
“Research shows that this brilliant book can help even young children understand evolution by natural selection. Teaching children about evolution when they’re young ensures that they’ll really ‘get it’ when they’re older. Nothing in science education could possibly be more important than helping children to understand the ideas at the heart of all of biology.” —Alison Gopnik, author, The Scientist in the Crib
“This is a gem. Beautifully illustrated and written with clarity and grace, this picture book is the perfect introduction to the idea at the core of modern biology—natural selection. A ‘must have’ for any parent or teacher interested in truly nurturing the scientific curiosity of young children.” —Paul Bloom, author, Just Babies and Descartes’ Baby
Under related books, the first book mentioned should by “How the Dormacks Evolved Longer Backs.”
PICTURES FROM THE BOOK