Plant Hunters—The Stories of Two Woman Botanists

by Amy Drorbaugh

Dream Followers

Rated 5 out of 5
December 29, 2020

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.

Marci W

Inspiring for All Ages

Rated 5 out of 5
August 24, 2020

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.

Lezlie-Anne I

Love the focus on female scientists!

Rated 5 out of 5
August 24, 2020

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!

Danielle B

Inspiring and Avant-Garde Female Scientists

Rated 5 out of 5
July 16, 2020

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.

Ann M.

Truly Good for All Ages - with Facts

Rated 5 out of 5
July 9, 2020

There are lots of books about following your dreams for young children but this book mixes it up and makes anyone feel like they are the perfect age to pursue their passion. The fact that it is full of facts is amazing and a huge bonus!

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Picture Book for All Ages

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″

This book is an optional read-aloud for our Botany science unit and is included in the optional Botany Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

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