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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-10 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0544717139
LANGUAGE:English

"I knew nothing about Maria Merian until I read Marguerite Engle's picture book, Summer Birds. That book became one of my collection to share throughout the year to inspire my students to pursue their passions and find a way to persevere. It is hard for students to understand or even glimpse bits of the adversity that Maria Merian faced until now. Joyce Sidman's masterful presentation of Merian life, challenges and determination is stunning. Maria Merian is a one-of-a-kind woman, scientist, artist and mother. I can only begin to imagine the effort she put forth to accomplish what she did. She did not stay small and quiet when surrounded by the constraints placed on women at the time. She was determined and bold! How wonderful to find her story told for young women and men today! I can't wait to share it! " said.

" A visual delight! Maria Merian’s love of nature, artistic talent and sense of adventure combine to equal an interesting life. " said.

" 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.

"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.

"This is an exceptional biography about a female scientist from the 1600s. At a time when women were accused of witchcraft if they showed an interest in "unworthy" creatures, Maria Merian's fascination with butterflies and caterpillars helped advance science. Her paintings of the life cycles of butterflies and moths helped people understand that butterflies and caterpillars are the same species and it helped document their living conditions in the wild. In her time, people actually thought that insects just SPONTANEOUSLY APPEARED. Structured in stages similar to a butterfly's stages, this biography tells of a strong woman who was hindered by circumstance but still made a significant contribution to science.

This is a great choice for young readers interested in nature and art as well as budding scientists.
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" 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.

"Maria Merian lived a fascinating life: an artist, scientist, wife, mother, religious seeker, entrepreneur, explorer, writer, observer, and all-around amazing person who never stopped pushing the boundaries of what was possible. This book elegantly tells the story of her life in a tidily assembled collection of narrative, rich illustrations, quotes from Merian, and contextual sidebars that never interrupt the flow of the story.

There has been a push of late to draw attention to un- or under-known female scientists. I hope it lasts, because these stories deserve to be told. We have been the poorer for hiding them for so long.
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