The Girl Who Drew Butterflies

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies

How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

eBook - 2018
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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 visual nonfiction biography, richly illustrated throughout with full-color original paintings by Merian herself, the Newbery Honor-winning 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.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781328830289 (electronic bk.)
1328830284 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK B MERIAN
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps

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pswright Mar 19, 2018

This is a terrific biography about a woman scientist living in Germany in the 1600's. Maria Merian changed scientific thinking by recording information about insects and painting intricate images of butterflies, moths and caterpillars. For a shorter, but also wonderful story of her life, read "Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Meria Merian" by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Julie Paschkis.

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