The National Science Teacher’s Association announced the list of 2020 Outstanding Science Trade Books on December 3, 2019. Among the books is our title, POLLEN: DARWIN’S 130-YEAR PREDICTION.
We are thrilled!
This is the fourth NSTA – OSTB for Mims House
- 2015 Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma
- 2017 Nefertiti the Spidernaut
- 2018 Clang! Ernst Chladni’s Sound Experiments
POLLEN – Searching for the Pollinator of Darwin’s Orchid
POLLEN: Darwin’s 130-Year Prediction tells the story of Darwin’s orchid, a Madagascar orchid and how it is pollinated.
Darwin received a box of orchids on January 25, 1862. Among them was a Madagascar star orchid with an 11 inch long (about 28 cm) nectary, the place where the nectar gathers. How, Darwin wondered, could this orchid be pollinated?
After experimenting, he predicted that a giant moth would be the orchid’s pollinator. Darwin died without ever seeing the moth. In fact, it took 130 years before anyone could travel to Madagascar and photograph the orchid in the wild.
In 1992, German entomologist, Lutz Thilo Wasserthal, Ph.D decided to try to photograph the elusive moth at the orchid. By 1992, however, the rain forest in Madagascar had been over-harvested and finding the orchid was difficult.
Read the book for the whole story!
Other Awards for POLLEN
- Starred Kirkus review
- Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book from California Reading Association
- 2020 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
- Junior Library Guild selection
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