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 field. Their stories remind us to look and to look harder and then to look again. 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  - Laurie - Goodreads

I bought this book for my daughter & I enjoyed the attempt to personalize these accomplished female science pioneers, but the book is short and the biographies are not as well developed as I had hoped. The stories are very simplistic and limited in details. Read full review

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User Review  - Tony - Goodreads

if you want your kids to look closer at bus and draw more, this is for you. A great book for boys and girls. Frances Hammerstrom should have a movie made about her! Read full review

About the author (2000)

Jeannine Atkins, a former high school English teacher, is the author of three other picture books, including "A Name on the Quilt," illustrated by Tad Hills. Intrigued by the mix of legends and facts surrounding Mary Anning, the author visited Lyme Regis, and there conceived her interpretation of the events leading to Mary Anning's lifelong search for fossils. Jeannine Atkins lives with her family in Whately, Massachesetts.
Michael Dooling has illustrated numerous books for children. Among them are "George Washington: A Picture Book Biography" by James Cross Giblin and O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories," He lives in Audubon, New Jersey, with his wife, Jane, and her daughters, Rachel and Lisa.

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