Jules Pottle and Rufus Cooper talk about the misconceptions that children might have about inheritance and changes within species, and how their book could address this. They suggest how the book could be used with children. You can also hear children discussing their ideas about The Molliebird.
An evolution story.
Beautifully written as a narrative poem by PSTT Fellow Jules Pottle, and exquisitely illustrated by PSTT Fellow Rufus Cooper, The Molliebird tells the story of natural selection.
The Molliebird provides a highly engaging fictional context for discussion about evolution. The story skilfully supports teachers with how to identify and address children’s misconceptions about inheritance and changes within species.
The free to download teacher’s handbook includes background information, additional supporting ideas and cross-curricular activities.
What's the story?
After a natural disaster that leaves her badly camouflaged in her surroundings, the bright blue Molliebird becomes desperate for her babies to survive. She notices that brown baby birds thrive, and so tries painting herself brown in the hope that her babies will be born brown, and she is devastated when this does not work.Click here to purchase
Meet the authors
What are the benefits of reading The Molliebird with children?
Free teacher guide
How should I use The Molliebird with children?
This free Teacher Handbook offers a wealth of support and suggestions to promote discussion and engagement with The Molliebird story and the science behind it.Download teacher guide
If you don’t understand how evolution works, buy this book and your kids can explain it to you.