Baa!: The Most Interesting Book You’ll Ever Read about Genes and Cloning (Mysterious You)

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9781550748567: Baa!: The Most Interesting Book You’ll Ever Read about Genes and Cloning (Mysterious You)

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.

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Rose Cowles has won awards for both illustration and design. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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Gr. 4-6. Nicolson offers an overview of genetics and cloning in this jazzy-looking book from the Mysterious You series. Without developing any one topic in great depth, she introduces the breadth of this timely subject, including discussions of Gregor Mendel, inherited traits, cell and chromosone structure and division, Crick and Watson, DNA evidence, genetic mutations, the cloning of animals, and several kinds of promising gene therapies. There is a short introduction to the controversy surrounding human cloning. Nicolson has a knack for finding interesting details and sidelights 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. Carolyn Phelan
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