Girls who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists

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Dawn Publications, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 63 pages
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The six women portrayed in this book-Maria Merian (b.1647), Anna Comstock (b.1854), Frances Hamerstrom (b.1907), Rachel Carson (b.1907), Miriam Rothschild (b.1908) and Jane Goodall (b.1934)-all grew up to become award-winning scientists, writers and artists, as comfortable with a pen as with a magnifying glass. They all started out as girls who didn't run from spiders or snakes, but crouched down to take a closer look. Often they were discouraged from getting dirty, much less pursuing careers in science. But they all became enthusiastic teachers, energetic writers, and passionate scientists-frequently the only women in their fields. Their stories remind us to look and to look harder. Under rotten logs or in puddles, there are amazing things to see.

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Review: Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists

User Review  - Megan D. Neal - Goodreads

A fun and very readable book, highlighting the lives of six women naturalists. What great role models for girls! Read full review

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User Review  - Nikki - Goodreads

This is a great introduction to many famous women scientists. My hope for students who read this is that they would be inspired to learn more about the women highlighted. Read full review

About the author (2000)

Jeannine Atkins is the author of eleven books for young readers, including Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists and Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie and Their Daughters. She teaches creative writing at Simmons College and Children's Literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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