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Beatrix Potter, Scientist

Everyone knows Beatrix Potter as the creator of the Peter Rabbit stories. But before that, she was a girl of science! As a child, Beatrix collected nature specimens; as a young adult, she was an amateur mycologist presenting her research on mushrooms and other fungi to England's foremost experts. Like many women of her time, she remained unacknowledged by the scientific community, but her keen eye for observation led her to an acclaimed career as an artist and storyteller.

A beloved author is cast in a new light in this inspiring picture book! With colorful illustrations that capture the vibrant world of living things that Potter loved so much, this book celebrates how she combined her talents and her passions, both to make new discoveries and to write some of the world's most beloved children's books.

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"Potter becomes a self-taught scientist captivated by mushrooms, but, because she is a woman, her mycological work is rejected. 'She withdraws her paper, rallies her resolve, and returns to her lab. She sprouts more... observes more... draws more... until she doesn’t.' Though no one knows exactly why Potter stopped, Metcalf’s tale illustrates difficulties of breaking through prejudiced systems. Wu’s softly smudged pictures have a sketchlike quality, fitting for a story that both shows what was and hints at what might have been. Includes an author’s note, timeline, and bibliography." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Lindsay H. Metcalf
Illustrator Junyi Wu
ISBN 0807551759
Publication Date Sep 1, 2020
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
Language English