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This is the third book in this series that I have purchased. It is the one I liked the least. Starts out great, explaining how puppies of the same litter can have different hair colour. That goes on for a while. Everything’s super clear and easy to follow. Then it gets into the middle, explaining genes on a cellular level, then ends with the puppy stuff again. I got really lost in the middle. Not at all like the other books. I felt like I would need to do my homework before reading this to my kid. So I think they either needed to simplify that section down even further or if important stuff was really going to be missed, then devote one or two more pages to it. I did like, as in some of the other books in the series, there is two levels of language on each page: a succinct kid-friendly explanation as well as higher level science terminology on the page to expose kids to the proper terminology. Even with the issues with the book, I’m still happy with my purchase and I’ll just re-read the middle and look a few things up because of the value of having a book like this for my kid. Great series overall!
i love the illustrations, but the work is incoherent. it begins in a register appropriate for kids, then runs through detailed middle-school-level diagrams and concepts without explaining how they connect before eventually getting to the bit about dominant and recessive genes (which is relatively clear). i like the book, but i'm not sure how i would be able to read it to my five year-old if i wasn't already familiar with this stuff.