Publication Date: June 25, 2019
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Ages 6 to 10
A poetic telling of the evolution of the peppered moth—perfect to introduce the concept of natural selection.
There are two types of peppered moths: moths with white wings and black speckles, and moths with nearly solid black wings.
For many years, the wings of the speckled moths allowed the perfect camouflage against tree bark. The speckled moths prospered as they were able to hide from their predators, and fewer charcoal moths survived.
Then, the Industrial Revolution brought machines and pollution; thick soot coated trees and the charcoal moths were better camouflaged and thrived.
Suddenly, not only were more charcoal moths surviving—more were being born. What could these mean?
This stunning picture book is the story of one of the earliest recognized tangible examples of evolution.
Complete with backmatter explaining the science, this is the perfect introduction to this concept for young readers.