Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Baa! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read about Genes and Cloning

Author: Cynthia Pratt Nelson

Why you should read this book: To be fair, it's definitely not the most interesting book I've ever read about genes and cloning, and furthermore, it's not really about cloning, which is only discussed in the last chapter, but it is a nice introduction to genetics for young children who may not be particularly science-minded. With wacky cartoon illustrations, plenty of real-world examples, and sidebars on every page, it's a good reference for grade school kids. From Gregor Mendel to Dolly the sheep, the author covers the whole spectrum of modern understanding of genetics, and she does it all in forty pages.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You believe cloning is an evil way to tamper with god's plan.

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