I’m 14 and I loved the beautiful art work and the descriptive language in this book. I also liked how Maria worked hard. Reading it inspired me to draw in my nature journal more and made me appreciate the amazing lives of insects!
This is a great read about a female scientist, Maria Merian. This book was so interesting because it didn’t just highlight what she studied but how she studied. The illustrations of all of her observations are so beautiful. We all think we can be scientists now!
Another fantastic narrative style science book! My kids really enjoyed reading it together. It inspired their nature journaling and observation skills. We really enjoyed the artwork in the story and reading the little notes next to the illustrations that showed how Maria may have kept track of her observations. Learning about a female scientist is a bonus, and we loved how brave Maria was to study insects at a time when doing so was unpopular.
I can’t say how much I love the illustrations in this book! They are beautiful. It inspired me to want to keep a nature journal. I love that the pages look like nature journals! The book is also written is such a way that you feel like you are there along with her in the journey and discovery of the insects, and not written as dry biography.
Ashlee Klemm’s writing and Anna Speshilova’s illustrations did justice to Maria Merian’s fascinating story, bringing this avant-garde 17th century female scientist out of obscurity in a wonderful way.
An inquisitive girl in 17th-century Germany, Maria Merian, greatly wondered about the natural world beyond the walls of her home. She was especially curious about the tiny creatures crawling around in the garden. Her curiosity only grew greater when an uncle surprised her with a box of worms. However, these weren’t like the worms digging about in the soil of her mother’s chamomile; these were the larvae of Bombyx mori —silk moths—and they would change the trajectory of Maria’s life. This beautifully illustrated book tells Maria’s story as she becomes a pioneer in science and still inspires people today.
32 pages, full color, 11″x8.5″
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