POLLEN: Darwin’s 130 Year Prediction


  • * 2020 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
  • * Eureka! Nonfiction Honor Book – California Reading Assn.
  • * Junior Library Guild selection
  • * Starred Kirkus Review
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Reviews of POLLEN

  • Starred Kirkus Review : “Pattison captures the sense of wonder that comes from discovery…”
  • Publisher’s Weekly Review: “…an inviting story about Charles Darwin, told visually through Willis’s playfully designed paper collage.”
  • POLLEN is extraordinary! What a great story that encapsulates so many important concepts in science – pollination, structure and function of living things, and how scientific discoveries take time. It is so well written and will make a wonderful read-aloud.Emily Morgan, co-author of Picture Perfect Science

POLLEN: Science book for elementary students

How long does it take for science to find an answer to a problem?

On January 25, 1862, naturalist Charles Darwin received a box of orchids. One flower, the Madagascar star orchid, fascinated him. It had an 11.5” nectary, the place where flowers make nectar, the sweet liquid that insects and birds eat. How, he wondered, did insects pollinate the orchid?

After experiments, he made a prediction. There must be a giant moth with a 11.5” proboscis, a straw-like tongue. Darwin died without ever seeing the moth, which was catalogued by entomologists in in 1903. But still no one had actually observed the moth pollinating the orchid.

In 1992, German entomologist, Lutz Thilo Wasserthal, Ph.D. traveled to Madagascar. By then, the moths were rare. He managed to capture two moths and released them in a cage with the orchid. He captured the first photo of the moth pollinating the flower, as Darwin had predicted 130 years before.

This exciting pollen science book includes backmatter information on the moth, the orchid, Charles Darwin, Lutz Wasserthal. Also included is Wasserthal’s original photo taken in 1992.


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