Grow: The Secrets of Our DNA; Nicola Davies
(Illustrated: Emily Sutton) - Candlewick 2020
Grow: The Secrets of Our DNA is a gem of a book which introduces young children to the magic of DNA, genes, heredity etc by showing how all living things grow (some fast, others slow): plants, animals and humans. Did you know a quahog takes 100+ years to reach palm size? But then growing is not just about a change in size and shape.
In this book there is a DNA spiral to show steps, pairs and genes that determine our nose shape, hair color and texture, eye color, height etc. It further explains how 1/2 comes from each biological parent and how differences occur among siblings, even those with the same parents, creating a unique, yet similar genetic code to other family members. There is even an "Afterward" titled: "How Did You Grow?"
Such a wonderful intro for children with vivid, colorful illustrations; some are light and fun as well making a serious book fun to read and absorb.
Rating - 5 stars
Gustavo: The Shy Ghost is a sweet story from a Mexican author full of lovely details that show us some Mexican traditions. The story is about a shy ghost with a problem. He wants to make friends but, he is too shy to speak. With the Day of the Dead fast approaching he doesn't want to be left out. What will he do? He loves the violin and is secretly in love with Alma, a pretty monster, he'll send out invitations to a Day of the Dead concert, but, will anyone attend? I think we all know that this book does have a happy ending.
I loved the spooky, colorful illustrations and the story about taking chances.