Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman - ESSENTIAL

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman. NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. $18. 9780544717138.


An historical masterpiece recording the life and works of Maria Merian.  Maria grew up learning art in the home and studying the life of butterflies.  Not only did she paint exact renditions of the butterflies, she helps discover the various stages of metamorphosis.  Her renditions were so exact that scientists used her paintings in research.

This beautifully illustrated book should be in every library.  Not only is it a story about butterflies, but a wonderful story about a strong, talented woman who was admired in an era only for men.


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