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Pollen: Darwin's 130 Year Prediction

illus. by Peter Willis. 34p. (Moments in Science). bibliog. glossary. photos. Mims House. Feb. 2019. pap. $10.99. ISBN 9781629441207.
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Gr 1–3—Sometimes science does not happen overnight. In this installment of the "Moments in Science" series, readers are shown how Charles Darwin's prediction about orchids on Madagascar being pollinated by insects would not be fully proven until over 130 years later. Using a variety of media to illustrate the text (collage, paint over text, cartoons), Willis gives even more life to the already fascinating story of how "progress in science needs predictions, observations over a long period of time, and sometimes, a bit of luck." The back matter features a glossary of terms and more detailed information on each of the scientists, plants, and creatures involved in the discovery of orchid pollination. Throughout the text, scientific names are given and include a pronunciation guide. The content is challenging enough for older readers, but scaffolded enough for younger ones.
VERDICT An excellent purchase for elementary collections with a need for more books on scientific inquiry.

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