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What Miss Mitchell Saw

Every evening, from the time she was a child, Maria Mitchell stood on her rooftop with her telescope and swept the sky. And then one night she saw something unusual — a comet no one had ever seen before! Her father urged her to report what she's found, and when she did, she proved she had discovered the comet first. Soon, she was being invited to receive a medal from the King of Denmark. Miss Mitchell's extraordinary discovery made her famous the world over and paved the way for her to become America's first professional female astronomer.

Any child who has ever marveled at the beauty of the night sky will love this story about a girl who spent her life studying the stars! Barrett's lyrical telling of Mitchell's life celebrates persistence and curiosity, as well as a sense of the wonders of the universe. Gorgeously illustrated by Diana Sudyka, this moving picture book about a girl from humble beginnings who became a star in the field of astronomy is sure to inspire budding scientists everywhere.

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"Barrett focuses on Mitchell’s life up to that moment, emphasizing her persistence ('Schoolwork did not always come easy, but she studied with determination') and her environment ('celestial phenomena that arched overhead like a whale’s sparkling splash'). Sudyka’s watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations show stars gleaming from the ocean depths and inching up a woman’s hem; Mitchell herself is swept aloft by their beauty and power." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Hayley Barrett
Illustrator Diana Sudyka
ISBN 1481487590
Publication Date Sep 3, 2019
Publisher Beach Lane Books
Language English