Sanchez, Anita Karl, Get out of the Garden! Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything. PICTURE BOOK. 47 pgs. Charlesbridge, 2017. $17.99. Content: G.
This is the picture book biography of Carolus Linnaeus, starting with his childhood in Sweden, his growing love of the outdoors, a kind teacher who suggested he study medicine so his parents would be appeased and Carolus could still study plants, his decision to make an order of the chaos of naming plants, animals, and insects, and his incredible hard work and contribution to science. Filled with illustrations and quotes.
This is a fantastic book for an introduction on the classification system, especially since it shows the reader how necessary its creation was, and what a big task. An upper elementary or middle school teacher could use this as a read-aloud before a unit. It’s a big long and complex for lower elementary though, despite its picture book format. The illustrations are not easily shared with a group and are sloppy and blurry, if it had better illustrations I would rate this book as Essential.
EL, MS –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.