An irreverent but impeccable introduction to Mendel and the fundamentals of genetics that puts the bloom back on his peas and puts the curl in your hair in context. (We can't recall a similarly lively, ingenious illustration of scientific laws since Nabob and the Geranium .) Miss Pomerantz rhymes the reason Mendel bred for particular traits; his results (with opportunities for the reader to guess along--and wrong); and how they apply to ""you, me, and the garden pea."" She switches to straight exposition re the structure of the pea plant, Mendel's method of controlling pollination, and the story of his life--the latter viewed with respect for his ""profound love of gardening (and) rare ability to ask the right questions."" The profile includes a portrait (the book's only photo) and a brief explanation of subsequent findings in genetics. The drawings and the design add a fillip to the fun of the verse and clarify the concepts; the design also sets apart the last section. You'll remember Why You Look Like You Whereas I Tend To Look Like Me.