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Comet Chaser: The True Cinderella Story of Caroline Herschel, the First Professional Woman Astronomer

In a day when girls were barely educated at all, Caroline Herschel's father taught her math and music... until, suddenly, he died. Her mother saw her as little more than a household servant. Caroline might have been doomed to a life of drudgery and dimness if not for her brother, who took her from Germany to England. There they started looking for comets, and building telescopes in their free time, gradually making them larger and larger. Their many discoveries brought the great astronomers of the day to their doorstep, where they found that the Herschels had made the best telescopes of their time.

Comet Chaser is the thrilling and beautifully illustrated biography of a woman who made a lifetime of incredible contributions to science. She was the first woman to discover a comet, the first officially recognized in a scientific role, and the first to be given a Gold Medal by the Royal Astronomical Society. From household drudge to belle of the scientific ball, Caroline Herschel won international prizes never before awarded to a woman and earned a professional wage from the king. She and her discoveries remain as stunning today as they were then. In this delightfully imaginative retelling of Caroline's career, her fairy godmother is none other than her own bright intelligence, hard work, and passion for science.

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"This captivating, well-written biographical picture book spotlights a brilliant, persevering woman who found her true calling in the skies; STEM-inclined readers should find her story especially fascinating and uplifting. Numerous quotes from Caroline Herschel appear throughout. Mildenberger’s paintings are awash in light; dark scenes gleam with stars. An important historical personality receives deserved attention in this fine account." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Pamela S. Turner
Illustrator Vivien Mildenberger
ISBN 1452145431
Publication Date Mar 5, 2024
Publisher Chronicle Books
Language English