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At presentations in schools and libraries, I love showing old photos to kids.
"Does this person look boring?" I ask.
But then we dig in, exploring stories about amazing people I've written about in books like Apples to Oregon, Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek, and Stagecoach Sal.
My newest, THE HUMBLEBEE HUNTER, Inspired by the Life and Experiments of Charles Darwin and His Children, is about asking questions.
I wanted to show Darwin at home, a devoted dad who shared his curiosity and love of nature with his family. The Darwin kids grew up asking How? What? Why?
I hope you'll be inspired to try the Darwin family's "Great Bee Experiment" yourself. Simply count how many flowers a bumblebee visits in a single minute.
Send me results at firstname.lastname@example.org and get a chance to win a copy of THE HUMBLEBEE HUNTER. I'll post answers at www.deborahhopkinson.com.
The Humblebee Hunter / Deborah Hopkinson / Disney-Hyperion
Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-1423113560 / Published: February, 2010
Ages 4-8 / Historical Fiction Picture Book
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