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The Bug Girl: Maria Merian's Scientific Mission

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Maria Sibylla Merian was fascinated with insects. But when Maria was a girl in the mid-1600s, superstitions about bugs prevented most people from taking a close look. People thought bugs were evil — and anyone interested in such creatures was surely evil too. That didn't stop Maria.

Filled with curiosity, she began to study and paint them. She even witnessed silkworms form cocoons and transform into moths — discovering metamorphosis! Painting and drawing as she studied, Maria pushed the boundaries of what girls were expected to do, eventually gaining recognition as one of the first entomologists and scientific illustrators. This gorgeously illustrated biography celebrates a fascinating female pioneer who broke boundaries in both the arts and sciences.

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Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Sarah Glenn Marsh
Illustrator Filippo Vanzo
ISBN 0807592579
Publication Date Feb 1, 2019
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
Language English