Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science (Hardcover)
Atkins uses her spare, deft poetry to create a fast-reading, accessible historical novel in verse (this isn’t esoteric poetry that needs to be deciphered) that tells the stories of three highly influential scientists who were once girls bucking societal expectations: entomologist Maria Merian (1674-1717), paleontologist Mary Anning (1799-1847), and astronomer Maria Mitchell (1818-1889). Atkins, a marvelous storyteller and meticulous researcher, creates tension through the obstacles the three girls encounter, and how they overcome. Along with being an inspiring book about following curiosities even when it’s a harder path, this book is also desperately needed to counter-balance the compartmentalized, test-oriented way that STEM subjects are presented in schools—after all, it is passion that will give us our next great scientists, a passion that this book nurtures.— From Ann's Picks
A gorgeously written novel in verse about three girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists. Maria Merian was sure that caterpillars were not wicked things born from mud, as most people of her time believed. Through careful observation she discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented her findings in gorgeous paintings of the life cycles of insects. More than a century later, Mary Anning helped her father collect stone sea creatures from the cliffs in southwest England. To him they were merely a source of income, but to Mary they held a stronger fascination. Intrepid and patient, she eventually discovered fossils that would change people's vision of the past. Across the ocean, Maria Mitchell helped her mapmaker father in the whaling village of Nantucket. At night they explored the starry sky through his telescope. Maria longed to discover a new comet--and after years of studying the night sky, she finally did. Told in vibrant, evocative poems, this stunning novel celebrates the joy of discovery and finding wonder in the world around us.