- File Size: 18371 KB
- Print Length: 39 pages
- Publisher: Humanist Press LLC (November 7, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 7, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A41F5D2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Pepper's Special Wings Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm still glad I purchased it since it's one of the only free-thinking ebooks out there & I look forward to seeing what else AHA comes out with!
With a concept that is not in the mainstream of ideas presented to young children and is virtually never covered by the major media, the challenge for parents is to find a way to convey the concept that is age appropriate and effective. Natural selection is just such a concept, and Pepper’s Special Wings, with words by Mary Anne Farah and illustrations by Megan Stiver is just such a book.
Farah’s text is in the form of a story of Pepper, a black-winged moth among all white-winged moths. The moths protection from the birds who would eat them is to perch on white birch trees and become hard to see. This doesn’t work, of course for Pepper, who narrowly escapes becoming an avian lunch. Then, a nearby town’s factories begin belching black smoke that blackens the trees and renders the white moths’ camouflage ineffective. Conditions now favor Pepper and the few other black-winged moths, who “have babies” and become the dominant species.
Every page of Pepper’s Special Wings is text on a full-page illustration. Stiver’s very colorful mixed- media collage illustrations will be appealing to the young audience to which the book is aimed.
This book maximizes its educational potential by doubling up natural selection with air pollution. It includes a number of questions along with the text for the young reader, which are not comprehensive, but will stimulate parents’ on questions as they read Pepper with their children. More questions for parents occur at the end of the story and are linked to sources for more information.
Pepper’s Special Wings is a bit simplistic, as it really must be, but parents will like that it is based on a real species and well-documented real-life scenario of pollution and color change in 19th and 20th Century England. The book is recommended for three to seven year olds.