The Story of Maria Merian

by Ashlee Klemm
Rated 4.9 out of 5

Beautiful Book about an Avant-Garde Female Scientist

Rated 5 out of 5
September 10, 2020

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.

Ann M.

Beautiful picture book

Rated 5 out of 5
September 8, 2020

I had never heard of Maria Merian until I read this book. I love books about strong females from history. The book is beautiful and informative for all ages.

Linda L


Rated 5 out of 5
September 4, 2020

The illustrations are beautiful and we loved learning about a young girl who loved insects. We had never heard of Maria Merian but enjoyed learning about her work and passion for nature.

Mackenzie S
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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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