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The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-19 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0544717139
LANGUAGE:English

" Me encanta el libro tiene datos súper interesante sobre Merian y su época, es un libro muy inspirador. Lo malo es que no me termina de encantar la organización de los apoyos visuales, en algunos roban protagonismo al texto y en otros sobrecargan la página. " said.

" Maria was an artist when women weren't allowed to be professional artists, and a scientist before the word was even invented. Well-trained in art and passionately curious about insects, she observed and recorded their lives in a way that set the standard for generations of naturalists. This beautiful book, full of illustrations by Maria herself and by other period artists, tells her story compendiously. " said.

"I picked this up because I have always loved scientific illustration. I was delighted to discover this gem of a book. Beyond just a biography of one of the most influential scientific artists of all time, I learned history, geography, culture, religious history, art, and science. The book was beautifully illustrated, both with replicas of Merian's art, and period illustrations of the era. Easy to read while simultaneously interesting and informative, I wish more non-fiction - especially for younger readers - followed this style. When I give this back to the library, I'll be purchasing a copy for my own shelf." said.

" A beautifully produced biography. From the illustrations, to the well-selected quotes, to the perfectly placed sidebars and text features, to Sidman's own poetry and clever chapter headings. Just a gorgeous book through and through, and well-researched too. I especially loved the way Sidman mirrored Maria's life to the life span of the very creatures she studied. Rather brilliant. A perfect book for young girls with an interest in science. " said.

" Notes:quick biography of female 17th c. naturalist and artistreal life strong female characterbeautifully illustrated with Merian's own work (among others)excerpts from Merian's writings give voice to her scientific process, Sidman must guess more at the personal and daily lifegive to early middle school readers, booktalk in 6th grade science as part of unit of scientific method " said.

" First of all, this is just a stunningly beautiful book. The illustrations and plates are wonderful throughout the entire book. And, as is the case in a well-written children's book, I learned so much, not only about the subject of the biography, but about the world in which she lived. I am definitely putting this book on my wish list - I want my own copy! " said.

" Joyce Sidman has done an outstanding job of bringing Maria Merian’s work to light! Excellent text with beautiful illustrations! I really learned so much. " said.

" What a beautifully produced and written book. My only issue is with the title but that’s a quibble. Seriously, bravo to Houghton Mifflin for what is really as much an art book as a biography. " said.

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