The Story of Maria Merian

by Ashlee Klemm
Rated 4.9 out of 5

Beautiful book!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 28, 2021

This is a beautiful book! It was lovely illustrations and tells the story in such a captivating way! Out of the other books I’ve seen about this scientist, this one is by far the best!

Stacy Hochstettler

Beautiful and inspiring

Rated 5 out of 5
April 28, 2021

Beautifully written and inspiring story. We really enjoyed reading this with our arthropods unit study. The illustrations are beautiful as well.

Kelsea T

I loved this book!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 25, 2021

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!

Olivia B

Great Read about a Female Scientist

Rated 4 out of 5
October 12, 2020

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!

Laura F


Rated 5 out of 5
October 5, 2020

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.

Danielle B
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Picture Book for All Ages

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″

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

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