Grow: Secrets of Our DNA
Grow: Secrets of Our DNA

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Annotation: Discover the wonders of DNA in a fascinating new book from the creators of the award-winning Tiny Creatures and Many. Ea... more
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #254003
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Sutton, Emily,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-536-21272-5 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8802-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-536-21272-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8802-1
Dewey: 572.8
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
What tells living cells how to grow?The creators of Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth (2017) now introduce young readers to DNA—the instructions packed in every living cell. Opening with the simple idea that all living things grow, they use specific examples and cheerful illustrations to show how growth is about time, size, and change. Two children of color serve as examples of human growth from “a tiny blob smaller than a dot” (wee print emphasizes the “tiny”) to a reproducing adult; they and other children also appear throughout. Readers learn that: Chimpanzees are close relatives; the genetic code for other animals is less similar; and less similar still is the code for plants. But “we share some parts of our genetic code with all living things—those that are alive now and all those that have ever lived on Earth.” Three spreads filled with small but detailed drawings show variations in human beings, in other plants and animals living today, and in fossils. Another spread shows the double helix and its four building blocks: adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine. This is followed by one explaining genes, using the example of the wide variation in human eyes, noses, and hair. While many young readers won’t retain all the details, this can provide a sturdy scaffolding for future learning.The secrets of DNA, unpacked engagingly and accessibly. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 4-8)
Publishers Weekly
Davies and Sutton reunite to offer another finely crafted exploration of a fundamental science concept: this time, how and why things grow. Davies-s thoughtful prose spirals from simplicity--All living things grow--through accessible complexities, showing the range and diversity of growing things, from sunfish and bristlecone pines to human beings. It builds to an engaging explanation of DNA--The spiral ladder of DNA has thousands and thousands of steps.... The pattern of the steps creates the coded instructions for building living things.- Davies notes that while genes make individuals unique, -all life has always been written in one language.- Throughout, italicized asides present captivating facts (-Four genes to shape a nose.... At least sixteen genes to give eyes their color-). Sutton-s intimate watercolor illustrations riot with rich details, including caterpillars wiggling on cabbages, a loose typology of human noses, and the ribbonlike helices of twining DNA. Ages 5-9. (Sept.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
K-Gr 4 Big ideas about how living things grow and the role of DNA in the process combine seamlessly with clear, colorful, and sometimes humorous illustrations. The book begins with the statement, "All living things grow." The corresponding illustrations show that plants, animals, and humans do just that. This understanding is further refined by the next observation: "The way living things grow helps them to survive in different places." Complementary illustrations depict plants and animals that grow quickly or slowly depending on their location. As the text moves into a discussion of the role of DNA, readers learn that it contains coded instructions for the growth of living things. There is even an explanation of how the six and a half feet of DNA fits inside the human body. An afterword provides information about how human growth begins with a single cell and then, through the process of mitosis, creates the different kinds of cells human bodies need. VERDICT What a match! Beautifully lucid, engaging sentences blend with detailed, informative illustrations that artfully extend big ideas about growth and the role of DNA. This book deserves a wide audience and multiple readings and rereadings. A wonderful addition to science programs and language arts studies of nonfiction books. Myra Zarnowski, City Univ. of New York
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
What tells living cells how to grow?The creators of Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth (2017) now introduce young readers to DNA—the instructions packed in every living cell. Opening with the simple idea that all living things grow, they use specific examples and cheerful illustrations to show how growth is about time, size, and change. Two children of color serve as examples of human growth from “a tiny blob smaller than a dot” (wee print emphasizes the “tiny”) to a reproducing adult; they and other children also appear throughout. Readers learn that: Chimpanzees are close relatives; the genetic code for other animals is less similar; and less similar still is the code for plants. But “we share some parts of our genetic code with all living things—those that are alive now and all those that have ever lived on Earth.” Three spreads filled with small but detailed drawings show variations in human beings, in other plants and animals living today, and in fossils. Another spread shows the double helix and its four building blocks: adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine. This is followed by one explaining genes, using the example of the wide variation in human eyes, noses, and hair. While many young readers won’t retain all the details, this can provide a sturdy scaffolding for future learning.The secrets of DNA, unpacked engagingly and accessibly. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 4-8)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

Discover the wonders of DNA in a fascinating new book from the creators of the award-winning Tiny Creatures and Many.

Earth is full of life! All living things grow—plants, animals, and human beings. The way they grow, whether it be fast or slow, enormous or not so big, helps them survive. But growing is also about change: when people grow, they become more complicated and able to do more things. And they don’t have to think about it, because bodies come with instructions, or DNA. With simple, engaging language and expressive, child-friendly illustrations, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton provide an introduction to genetic code and how it relates to families to make us all both wonderfully unique and wholly connected to every living thing on earth.


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