Ynes Mexia is such an inspiration to me as the mum! I always enjoy reading stories of people who’ve found their passions later in life and over come so many obstacles early on in life.
These two scientists, Anna Atkins and Ynes Mexia, both loved collecting plants and making new discoveries. The pages on Anna’s photograms were fascinating. I learned that in 1843, Anna published the first book to have photographic images using the discovery of cyanotype print. This book contains some of those fascinating images.
Wonderful stories about two women that I didn’t know much about. Their stories inspire a love of nature. The reading is perfect to engage the whole family. The fact sections placed throughout the book were helpful and informative.
While my boys enjoyed this book too, my daughters especially loved this book about two women scientists. (The Girl Who Drew Butterflies and Girls Who Looked Under Rocks are other favorites!) This book is well written, informative, interesting, and beautifully illustrated!
We had never heard of Anna Atkins or Ynes Mexia before, but we were inspired by their stories and accomplishments and glad to have learned about them. The writing, illustrations, and photographs in this book are laudable. Reading this makes us want to order the Botany science unit.
Step outside into nature and look around. Do you see the trees, notice the grass, and smell the scent of the woods? Ann Atkins discovered her love for plants when she was just a little girl. Following her father, she discovered beauty in the world around here. Ynes Mexia struggled through grief and loneliness for much of her life. When she was in her ﬁſties, she, too, discovered a passion for plants. As you read about these amazing botanists and their adventures, remember that whether you discover your life passion at the age of ﬁve or ﬁſty-ﬁve, it is never too late, nor too early, to follow your dreams.
23 pages, full-color, 11″X8.5″
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