Based on a real scientific event and inspired by a beloved real human in the author’s life, this is a story about science and the poetry of existence; about time and chance, genetics and gender, love and death, evolution and infinity — concepts often too abstract for the human mind to fathom, often more accessible to the young imagination; concepts made fathomable in the concrete, finite life of one tiny, unusual creature dwelling in a pile of compost amid an English garden. Emerging from this singular life is a lyrical universal invitation not to mistake difference for defect and to welcome, across the accordioning scales of time and space, diversity as the wellspring of the universe’s beauty and resilience.
Written by Maria Popova
Illustrated by Ping Zhu
10” (W) x 10” (H) • 56 pages • HCJ • X