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Moth

Written by Isabel Thomas

Illustrated by Daniel Egnéus

Key Stage 1 Stories about Animals The Natural World General Non-Fiction Science Wildlife

LoveReading View on Moth

A fascinating story, beautifully told and illustrated

With a short, simple but often lyrical text, and through striking, beautiful illustrations, Moth tells the story of the peppered moth, and through that explains evolution and describes the changing landscapes of our world. The peppered moth provides a perfect example of natural selection: some moths are born with speckled wings, some are charcoal black. The speckled markings are most effective as camouflage when moths are resting on pale tree branches, but as the Industrial Revolution begins and trees are covered in sooty deposits from factories and chimneys, suddenly the black moths do better and their numbers rise. Then, as laws are passed to reduce pollution and the air clears, the situation is reversed again, and the number of speckled moths increases. Not only does this encapsulate natural evolution, it also reminds us of nature’s resilience and offers hope for the future. The final line encourages children to go out and observe moths for themselves, something this book will surely inspire them to do.

Andrea Reece

Moth Synopsis

This is a story of light and dark. Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden. Until the world begins to change ...

A clever picture book text about the extraordinary way in which animals have evolved, intertwined with the complication of human intervention. This remarkable paperback edition of the amazing story of the peppered moth is the perfect introduction to natural selection and evolution for children.

Along come people with their magnificent machines which stain the land with soot. In a beautiful landscape changed by humans how will one little moth survive?

Powerful and visually spectacular, Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world in a unique and atmospheric introduction to Darwin's theory of Natural Selection.

Moth Press Reviews

Moth [...] is another picture book with inbuilt growing room, an introduction to the concept of evolution in language both scientific and poetic, full of thrill and peril. [...] Thomas's spare text and back matter elegantly develop the book's twin themes of survival and hope. -- Times Literary Supplement - Times Literary Supplement

Moth [...] is a stunning visual experience. The narrative is simple - the life and evolution of the Peppered Moth. It is not a fictional story but it shows that facts can also inspire the imagination. This is how information can really excite. Magical. -- Ferelith Hordon - Books for Keeps

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526610553
Publication date: 20th August 2020
Author: Isabel Thomas
Illustrator: Daniel Egnéus
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Animals, The Natural World, General Non-Fiction, Science, Wildlife

About Isabel Thomas

Isabel Thomas is a science writer who has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. She writes exciting non-fiction and fiction for children. When she's not writing, you'll find her experimenting, inventing, drawing, exploring and wearing out her library card. Her books include What You Need To Know Now, shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards. Isabel read Human Sciences at Oxford University, before working in journalism and children's publishing. She lives in Cambridge, where she's zookeeper to three young sons and a primary school governor.

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