Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian

In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous generation. Maria Merian was only a child, but she disagreed. She watched carefully as caterpillars spun themselves cocoons, which opened to reveal summer birds, or butterflies and moths. Maria studied the whole life cycle of the summer birds, and documented what she learned in vibrant paintings.

This is the story of one young girl who took the time to observe and learn, and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece.

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"Joyous and inspiring, this beautiful introduction to a passionate young scientist who defied grown-ups and changed history will spark children’s own fascination with the natural world and its everyday dramas." -- Booklist


Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Margarita Engle
Illustrator Julie Paschkis
ISBN 0805089373
Publication Date Apr 27, 2010
Publisher Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Language English