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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 11:17 AM

Evolution Made Clear for Kids in “Pepper’s Special Wings”...

In order to give parents a fun and effective tool when teaching young children evolution and the science behind it, author Mary Anne Farah has written Pepper’s Special Wings, a children’s ebook that uses the Peppered Moth species, a recent example of natural selection, as its inspiration.

“Children have the right to know the truth about how life evolves and species change,” says Farah. “The well-documented story of how the Peppered Moth species eventually changed due to pollution darkening the plants where they congregated was perfect for a children’s book. The new survival advantage for moths with darker wings is an easy example to explain to children with no need to use words that may not have yet been learned, such as species, population, predation and camouflage.”

The story of Pepper the moth covers more than just evolution, however. While Pepper’s Special Wings relates to small children about how Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory of natural selection works, children will also identify with Pepper’s struggles with the recurring childhood themes of self-esteem, self-image, bullying and being teased.

“Children will see that sometimes being different is what makes them amazing!” Farah said.


http://ontariohumanists.ca/humanistnews/evolution-made-clear-for-kids-in-peppers-special-wings

Good stuff.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:20 PM

1. Whales have small vestigal rear legs tucked away beneath their skin. Those legs remain from the

time that whales walked on land.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=whales+vestigial+legs&qpvt=whales+vestigial+legs&FORM=IGRE

search "whales vestigal legs" for more information.

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Response to ladjf (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:26 PM

2. They should put those legs to use...

by kicking the human population in the ass for what we've done to the oceans.


If that doesn't work, they could try making a Rockettes like kick line.



or they could do both

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Response to Tyrs WolfDaemon (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 09:13 AM

3. The whales will be extinct long before they could evolve any significant new physical features. nt

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