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The Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the Rainforest

Meg Lowman was always fascinated by the natural world above her head. The colors, the branches, and, most of all, the leaves and mysterious organisms living there. As a scientist, Meg set out to climb up and investigate the rain forest tree canopies — and to be the first scientist to do so. But she encountered challenge after challenge. Male teachers would not let her into their classrooms, the high canopy was difficult to get to, and worst of all, people were logging and clearing the forests.

Meg never gave up or gave in. She studied, invented, and persevered, not only creating a future for herself as a scientist, but making sure that the rainforests had a future as well. Working closely with Lowman herself, author Heather Lang and artist Jana Christy beautifully capture Meg's world in the treetops. This is a detailed portrait of a pioneering scientists and of the stunning world that she studied and fought so hard to protect.

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"Nonfiction tidbits are housed appropriately in leaf designs scattered throughout the pages. Well-chosen details about her experiences (learning to climb up to the canopy; finding ways to bring her own children and other students there), observations (watching animals and insects devour leaves at night; seeing the rainforest from a balloon), and struggles (shy, she had to find the courage to communicate her ideas regarding conservation and sustainability) are included, resulting in an exciting tale of exploration and adventure that will capture the attention of budding scientists and environmentalists alike." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Heather Lang
Illustrator Jana Christy
ISBN 1684371775
Publication Date Feb 9, 2021
Publisher Calkins Creek
Language English