LOOK INSIDE this gorgeous biography of a 17th-century pioneering woman who defied convention to discover and draw the truth about metamorphosis. Accomplished artist, self-taught naturalist, and intrepid adventurer, Maria Merian's fascinating life reminds us of the power of observation and the rewards of pursuing our passions. Written by a nature poet, this biography will inspire young readers and adults alike.— Rhonda
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.
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★ "An exceptionally crafted visual biography of a pioneering entomologist and naturalist who lived a life devoted to discovery." — Kirkus, starred review
“A marvel of a book, just like the subject, Maria Merian. Reading Sidman’s fascinating and beautiful account of Merian’s life, we are witness to the miracle of a woman becoming an artist and a scientist in the 17th century. Just as a caterpillar emerges into the world out of its chrysalis, this book brings Merian out of the darkness and into the light.”— Deborah Heiligman, author of Vincent and Theo and Charles and Emma, a National Book Award finalist
★"An excellent choice for young artists, budding scientists, fledgling entomologists, and fans of biography."--School Library Journal, STARRED review
★"Excellent reproductions of the gorgeous botanical prints allow readers to appreciate their accurate scientific detail and artistry."--Horn Book, STARRED review