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Moth : an evolution story / Isabel Thomas ; illustrated by Daniel Egnéus.

Thomas, Isabel, 1979- (author.). Egnéus, Daniel, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Mahnomen Public Library J 595.78 THO (Text) 33500013088083 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J 595.78 THO (Text) 33500013088075 New Available -
Godel Memorial-Warren Library e 595.78 THO (Text) 35500006188765 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781547600205
  • ISBN: 1547600209
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2019.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
Creative nonfiction picture book explains evolution and natural selection. A newly-emerged peppered moth blends in with other speckled-winged moths on lichen-covered branches, but over time the moths with black wings increase as trees are blackened by soot from man-made machines.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 March #2
    *Starred Review* Over Egnéus' truly engrossing collage illustrations, Thomas takes the complicated concept of evolution and distills it for young readers, using the ongoing story of the peppered moth. There are two variations of this moth—one charcoal dark, the other paler and lightly speckled. Once, the speckled moths were more common; it was more difficult for the charcoal moths to camouflage themselves against the light-colored trees, and they were eaten by birds more frequently and did not survive to pass along their genes. But as the world became more industrial, pollution began to darken trees; now the charcoal moths blended in, and the speckled moths stood out. Charcoal moths grew in number, and the speckled moths almost disappeared. But the story continues, ending on a hopeful note: slowly, cities began to burn less coal, and the air grew cleaner. Trees grew less sooty. And the speckled moth population rebounded. Today, both kinds of moth can be found, and their species continues to adapt. From its striking silver-plated cover on, this is a stunner. The text, both poetic and informational, tells an evolution story while transmitting a gentle environmental message, and the artwork is detailed, at times alarming, and always captivating. Back matter provides further information on the moths and natural selection. A gorgeous blend of text and illustrations and a wonderfully successful introduction to nonfiction for younger readers. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Isabel Thomas studied Human Sciences at the University of Oxford. She is a science writer and children's author who has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, the ASE Science Book of the Year, and the Blue Peter Book Awards. Isabel also writes for children's science magazine Whizz Pop Bang, and for science outreach projects. She is a primary school governor and STEM Ambassador.

Illustrator Daniel Egneus is a rising star in the book world. Most recently he illustrated the UK edition of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. He has also worked on the Raven Child and the Snow Witch, as well as The Thing. He is a well-regarded fashion artist, regularly illustrating for the likes of Chanel, H&M, Nike and many more.

Subject: Peppered moth > Adaptation > Juvenile literature.
Adaptation (Biology) > Juvenile literature.
Peppered moth > Juvenile fiction.
Peppered moth > Fiction.
Moths > Fiction.
Adaptation (Biology) > Fiction.
Nature > Effect of human beings on > Fiction.
Peppered moth.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.
Creative nonfiction.
Informational works.
Picture books.

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