Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Summary: Before the Industrial Revolution, most peppered moths had speckled wings. The ones that were all black didn’t blend into tree bark as well and were more likely to get eaten. But the smoke and soot from burning coal turned tree bark black, and before long, there were more black peppered moths than speckled ones. After clean air laws were passed in the middle of the 20th century, the proportions started to shift again as tree bark returned to its original color. Includes additional information that explains defines evolution, natural selection, and adaptation. 48 pages; grades 1-5.
Pros: How do you explain evolution and natural selection to a 7-year-old? Isabel Thomas has done an amazing job here, ably assisted by Daniel Egneús collage-style illustrations. The blue and silver cover is particularly eye-catching. This belongs in the science section of every elementary library.
Cons: No photos of the real moths.