Summer Birds

Summer Birds

The Butterflies of Maria Merian

Book - 2010
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In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous generation. Maria Merian was only a child, but she disagreed. She watched carefully as caterpillars spun themselves cocoons, which opened to reveal summer birds, or butterflies and moths. Maria studied the whole life cycle of the summer birds, and documented what she learned in vibrant paintings.

This is the story of one young girl who took the time to observe and learn, and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Holt, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805089370
Branch Call Number: 595.7813 ENG
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Paschkis, Julie - Illustrator


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Feb 01, 2011

A beautiful, lively book - too simple for my 7-year-old - about a female artist and scientist who deserves to be better known.

MisterRick Jan 23, 2011

Not only a readable picture book about science, but a fine example of free thinking: a young girl rejects the common wisdom of her day.

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