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The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

Bugs, of all kinds, were considered to be "born of mud" and to be "beasts of the devil." Why would anyone, let alone a girl, want to study and observe them?

One of the first naturalists to observe live insects directly, Maria Sibylla Merian was also one of the first to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly. Newbery Honor-winning author Joyce Sidman paints a vivid picture of one of the first female entomologists and a woman who flouted convention in the pursuit of knowledge and her passion for insects in this stunning visual biography. This fascinating account of a 17th-century trailblazer features richly illustrated full-color original paintings by Merian herself and photographs of the insects she studied. A glossary, timeline, bibliography, and index are also included.

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"Spreads splashed with vibrant, eye-catching paintings of insects and flowers help tell the story of 17th-century German trailblazer Maria Merian.... Eclectic sidebars contextualize the biography (one discusses witch hunts of the era), along with archival images, maps, and full-color photographs. Stages of butterfly metamorphosis (accompanied by a trademark Sidman nature poem) serve as fitting chapter headings and mirror the stages of Merian’s life; a chapter titled 'Flight' focuses on her groundbreaking research trip to Surinam. An author’s note, timeline, bibliography, and index conclude this beautifully designed and expansive portrait of a gifted boundary breaker." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 13
Author Joyce Sidman
ISBN 0544717139
Publication Date Feb 20, 2018
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Language English