Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas

Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas


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Gregor Mendel explains to children the theory of heredity in simple-to-understand language and examples. Regarded as the world’s first geneticist, Gregor Mendel discovered one of the fundamental aspects of genetic science: animals, plants, and people all inherit and pass down traits through the same process. Living the slow-paced, contemplative life of a friar, Gregor Mendel was able to conceive and put into practice his great experiment—observing yellow peas, green peas, smooth peas, and wrinkled peas to craft his theory—years before scientists had any notion of genes. Includes an author’s note and bibliography.

Awards for Gregor Mendel
Orbis Pictus Honor Book
ALA-ALSC Notable Book
IRA Notable Book
AAAS/Subaru SB&F Excellence in Science Book Finalist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419718403
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 67,082
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Cheryl Bardoe is a former senior project manager of exhibitions at the Field Museum in Chicago. She lives in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Jos. A. Smith is a well-known illustrator of numerous books for children. He is a professor of fine arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Orpgirl1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a teaching assistant in Biology, I was overjoyed to see a children's book that focuses on such an integral founder of the modern genetic movement. The bright primary colors, rich yet simple drawings, and deliberate but scientifc wording presented an overall fantastic way of presenting the history of genetics to children. Knowledge on recessive and dominant traits and inheritance is not easy for undergraduate students to attain, and I think this book will be one I use to help teach even these older 'children' this topic!
loven01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bardoe, C. (2006). Gregor Mendel: The friar who grew peas. New York, NY: Abrams Books for Young Readers.The author, Cheryl Bardoe, does an excellent job of setting the scene for Gregor Mendel to begin his journey. The book, Gregor Mendel: the Friar Who Grew Peas, begins in Mendel¿s hometown, Czech Republic, in the year 1822. I am very impressed with the descriptive narrative of this village. The author makes a point to discuss the minute size of the village. The scene quickly moves to another location, a secondary school, where Gregor Mendel begins his studies in genetics. As anyone could see from the book, Gregor Mendel was an extremely curious child. He asked many questions to those around him. He was also a determined boy. Most children only attend primary school, however Mendel insisted on going to the secondary school. He wanted to study science and learn why people and things look the way they do. The book writes in Mendel¿s words: ¿How do mothers and fathers ¿ whether they are apple trees, sheep, or human ¿ pass down traits to their children?¿Mendel attended the school no matter the financial strain it put on his family and eventually himself. He later worked as a tutor and then joined the Abbey of St. Thomas. Here he was able to officially begin his studies of a science that had not been created yet, genetics. Mendel, now a Friar, was sent to the University of Vienna due to his over abundance of knowledge. Gregor began to learn about all of the universal laws in science. He wanted to create a new law. One that would answer the questions he had: why do people have the traits they have. He learned how to create controlled experiments. When he was finished with his schooling he returned to teach at the abbey.Mendel¿s true character came out. His students were quoted as saying ¿He could make any intellectual food nutritious and tasty.¿ They also mentioned that they like his clear explanations and sense of humor. Bardoe succeeded in creating a character that was appealing to his audience. He was able to gain respect with his ideas about science. Most educated readers will know about the studies and findings of Mendel. He studied generations after generations of peas in hopes to discover the science behind passing on traits. He spent many years of his life trying to find an answer. Bardoe lays out exactly what he went through in his study. She showed all of his results and what he learned from them. The final thoughts of this book are as follows:¿May the might of destiny grant meThe supreme ecstasy of earthly joy,The highest goal of earthly ecstasy,That of seeing, when I arise from the tomb,My art thriving peacefullyAmong those who are to come after me.¿Quote from Gregor Mendel out of his journalGregor Mendel is said to be the father of genetics. His ideas are placed in this book for all ages of readers. This is the only illustrated children¿s book about Gregor Mendel on the market. I believe the overall plot of the story was in perfect order and easily understood. The illustrations are amazing. The artist did an excellent job. The pages are full of color and are able to hold one¿s interest. There are many science process skills that can be seen in this book. Gregor Mendel begins making observations about what is going on around him. He then begins an experiment and starts to make inferences. He places the peas under certain classifications and then measures the outcomes of his studies. Overall, Mendel wanted to create a model that could be developed to show genetics in everything on Earth.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating biography about Gregor Mendel, a man who learned a lot about how traits are passed on through generations by studying peas in the 1800s. I had no idea this guy existed, but I found his life and work really interesting.
Kaylaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about the life of Gregor Mendel who is now known as the first geneticist. In this book it tells all about his life and his contributions to our world. He was a very determined man who worked really hard to educate himself. Mendel worked for many years to create what we know as Mendel's laws which is described in the book. Today we use genetics to prevent and come up with cures for diseases, increase crop productivity, and even solve crimes. This book would be great to read to students who are studying genetics as well as for teaching vocabulary terms such as genes and traits. Reading this book to the class would be a great way to introduce students to genetics and the importance of genetics in the many aspects of our lives.
lauren_21 More than 1 year ago
When observing a first grade class, I remember the teacher read this book to her students when discussing important people in history. She used this book and a few others to show her students the small biography of Gregor Mendel and along with this book; she was able finish teaching her lesson plan. When the children saw this book, I asked a few what they thought about it and they said that it was very helpful. I agree. After she finished reading this text, I took a look at the book, it was very informational. It is written in such a language that is easily understandable for ages 5 and up.