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She Caught the Light: Williamina Stevens Fleming: Astronomer

Ever since Williamina Fleming was little she was curious, and her childhood fascination with light inspired her life’s work. Mina became an astronomer in a time when women were discouraged from even looking through telescopes. Yet Mina believed that the universe, with its billions of stars, was a riddle — and she wanted to help solve it. Mina ultimately helped to create a map of the universe that paved the way for astronomers for generations after her!

From Newbery Honor–winning author Kathryn Lasky comes a nonfiction picture book the inspiring true story of astronomer Williamina Fleming, who helped lay the foundations for modern astronomy and overcame impossible odds as an immigrant and a woman. With its compelling narrative and rich illustrations, this book is perfect for stargazers and trailblazers everywhere!

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"Poetic, accessible text combines with intricate, appealing illustrations to portray Williamina Stevens Fleming (1857-1911), talented astronomer, resilient and highly intelligent individual, and the first woman given an official title (curator of astronomical photographs) at Harvard University.... Her discoveries and her love of astronomy rise to the surface and will inspire an interest in young readers and listeners while the struggles and inequities she faced — raising a child alone, subsisting on low wages, not being allowed to use a telescope out of spurious concern for her health — show the difficulties she dealt with as a woman of the time and how she paved the way for others." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Kathryn Lasky
Illustrator Julianna Swaney
ISBN 0062849301
Publication Date Jan 19, 2021
Publisher HarperCollins
Language English