Gregor Mendel

The Friar Who Grew Peas



ISBN: 9781419718403 Categories: ,

Cheryl Bardoe


Gregor Mendel explains to children the theory of heredity in simple-to-understand language and examples. Regarded as the world’s first geneticist, Gregor Mendel discovered one of the fundamental aspects of genetic science: animals, plants, and people all inherit and pass down traits through the same process. Living the slow-paced, contemplative life of a friar, Gregor Mendel was able to conceive and put into practice his great experiment – observing yellow peas, green peas, smooth peas, and wrinkled peas to craft his theory – years before scientists had any notion of genes. Includes an author’s note and bibliography.

Awards for Gregor Mendel
Orbis Pictus Honor Book
ALA-ALSC Notable Book
IRA Notable Book
AAAS/Subaru SB&F Excellence in Science Book Finalist

Additional information

Weight 198 g
Dimensions 25 x 25.4 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 10 June 2016
Number of pages 32
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Illustrated by Jos. A. Smith
Dimensions 25 x 25.4 cm
Weight 198 g


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Cheryl Bardoe is a former senior project manager of exhibitions at the Field Museum in Chicago. She lives in Wallingford, Connecticut. Jos. A. Smith is a well-known illustrator of numerous books for children. He is a professor of fine arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.