Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science
Travel through three different centuries to find several remarkable women with true grit who helped to advance scientific knowledge in their distinctive areas of expertise. Written in exquisite verse form by the skilled children’s literature writer Jeannine Atkins, three authentic individuals are rendered within a fictionalized background to portray their significant achievements. The book strongly emphasizes the determination, perseverance, and fortitude of these remarkable personalities who fostered their childhood preferences into mature research endeavors despite the prevalent attitude of ignoring and devaluing females in the prevailing man’s world. From the 18th century, the painter Maria Merian revealed the life cycle of insects and exposed the mystery of metamorphosis. From a similarly impoverished background in the 19th century, Mary Anning fortuitously chiseled out patterned rock layers that later were identified as fossil records, transforming her into a leading paleontologist. And the more recent 19th century astronomer Maria Mitchell started out working in Nantucket with her map-maker father and was entranced by the night sky and the secrets revealed through the telescope. The Miss Mitchell comet is named for this intrepid woman who first discovered and described its path. The message engendered by this poetically painted history of woman scientists from the past is that youths should follow their passion and that women are well able to succeed.
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