PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
DATE PUBLISHED: 20th September 2016
A novel in verse about three girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists.
Maria Merian was sure that caterpillars were not wicked things born from mud, as most people of her time believed. Through careful observation she discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented her findings in gorgeous paintings of the life cycles of insects.
More than a century later, Mary Anning helped her father collect stone sea creatures from the cliffs in southwest England. To him they were merely a source of income, but to Mary they held a stronger fascination. Intrepid and patient, she eventually discovered fossils that would change people’s vision of the past.
Across the ocean, Maria Mitchell helped her mapmaker father in the whaling village of Nantucket. At night they explored the starry sky through his telescope. Maria longed to discover a new comet—and after years of studying the night sky, she finally did.
This stunningly lovely book written in free verse has messages of empowerment for women that every young lady should read. There are three separate stories spanning generations telling the lives of three young women who overcome odds to pursue their passions for science. From insects, to fossils, to the stars themselves these young women did not let social norms dictate how they would live their lives. Each section focuses on a different young woman and her contribution to science telling her story in a number of poems. I would view this as more of an introduction into the lives of these women, a palette cleanser. After reading this I am very intrigued as to other women who have made a difference in this world. The writing style for this book was truly unique and I loved reading something a little different. This is a book every person should read, young or old… man or woman.
Keep Calm and Read On,