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