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

Author

Joyce Sidman

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Suggested grade level:

6th - 8th

Climate Commitment:

Grow plants for the bees, butterflies, and birds

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Language:

English

Book notes:

AR Points:

2.0

About the Book

Bugs, of all kinds, were considered to be “born of mud” and to be “beasts of the devil.” Why would anyone, let alone a girl, want to study and observe them?
One of the first naturalists to observe live insects directly, Maria Sibylla Merian was also one of the first to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly. In this nonfiction biography, illustrated throughout with full-color original paintings by Merian herself, author Joyce Sidman paints her own picture of one of the first female entomologists and a woman who flouted convention in the pursuit of knowledge and her passion for insects.

Climate Commitment Activity

Grow plants for the bees, butterflies, and birds

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