The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

Joyce Sidman / May 30, 2020
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies How Maria Merian s Art Changed Science Bugs of all kinds were considered to be born of mud and to be beasts of the devil Why would anyone let alone a girl want to study and observe them One of the first naturalists to observe live inse
  • Title: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science
  • Author: Joyce Sidman
  • ISBN: 9780544717138
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bugs, of all kinds, were considered to be born of mud and to be beasts of the devil Why would anyone, let alone a girl, want to study and observe them One of the first naturalists to observe live insects directly, Maria Sibylla Merian was also one of the first to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly In this visual nonfiction biography, richly illustrated thrBugs, of all kinds, were considered to be born of mud and to be beasts of the devil Why would anyone, let alone a girl, want to study and observe them One of the first naturalists to observe live insects directly, Maria Sibylla Merian was also one of the first to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly In this visual nonfiction biography, richly illustrated throughout with full color original paintings by Merian herself, the Newbery Honor winning author Joyce Sidman paints her own picture of one of the first female entomologists and a woman who flouted convention in the pursuit of knowledge and her passion for insects.
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    1. While each chapter heading of Joyce Sidman s The Girl Who Drew Butterflies How Maria Marian s Art Changed Science features one of Sidman s signature and as usual quite simply exquisite poems, I for one did not even really notice them all that much at first simply because I was and yes remain so enchanted and delighted with and by the main narrartive, the author s concise, readable and massively enlighteninging biography of Maria Sibylla Merian, a German artist of the latter 16th and early 17th c [...]


    2. Beautiful biography of 17th Century naturalist and artist Maria Merian An outstanding work of scholarship with extensive resources cited.


    3. After reading Jeannine Atkins s Finding Wonders Three Girls Who Changed Science, I was intrigued by the accomplishments of Maria Merian I was thrilled to see that Joyce Sidman was writing an entire book on her The result is a combination of art, science, and poetry my favorite things It s well researched, readable, and interesting Joyce includes her own photographs as well as original illustrations from Maria Each chapter begins with a poem, aptly titled Egg and Hatching and Molting and such The [...]


    4. This is a beautiful book about the life of Maria Sibyl Merian, one of the first female entomologists Maria s meticulous research and understanding of butterflies, plus her incredible artistic ability, makes her a fascinating woman to learn about I can t imagine a better writer than acclaimed poet Joyce Sidman to write about this incredible person This book is beautiful produced with many of Maria s artwork alongside photographs, poetry, and interesting biographical information A must have for al [...]


    5. Maria Sibylla Marian is a wondrous botanical artist and scientist who I previously discovered a few years ago, while browsing through a beautiful book about her written by Ella Reitsma, published by the Getty Museum However, Joyce Sidman s book is even exquisite, this is the story of an entomologist who hypothesized, and researched about the connections between caterpillars, butterflies, moths, and other insects, making astute hypothesis long ago Living in the 1600 s before any scientists made [...]


    6. Maria Merian s work is only widely known in specific circles, but this book should make her name familiar to others Born in Germany, in 1647, Maria was a gifted artist but, importantly, she was an observer, fascinated with the life cycles of butterflies, insects, and other creatures Science, at the time, had various theories about these animals, most of which were incorrect She took the time to observe them from egg to death, recording each step in beautiful artwork, including the plants on wh [...]


    7. Notes quick biography of female 17th c naturalist and artistreal life strong female characterbeautifully illustrated with Merian s own work among others excerpts from Merian s writings give voice to her scientific process, Sidman must guess at the personal and daily lifegive to early middle school readers, booktalk in 6th grade science as part of unit of scientific method


    8. Wonderful book I m glad to have learned of Maria Merian This is a nonfiction book about a very early naturalist and artist What s different is that this one started her career as an amateur and a young woman Remarkable for the 1600 s And she helped in a big way dispel the notion of Spontaneous Generation.On a side note and the book doesn t mention this at all her father who died when she was three is quite a bit famous than she ever was He drew maps and etchings of very many European cities dur [...]


    9. What a beautifully produced and written book My only issue is with the title but that s a quibble Seriously, bravo to Houghton Mifflin for what is really as much an art book as a biography.


    10. This is one of the most beautiful arc s I ve ever read and I cannot wait to see the finished copy.I can t say enough about the quality of this book Outstanding in every possible way, I d give it 6 stars if I could A fascinating biography of an dedicated and brilliant scientist who quietly pursued her work despite real danger and societal beliefs, an outstanding explanation of the the work she did and why it was groundbreaking for the time, beautifully illustrated and designed, complete with Sidm [...]


    11. In the late 1600 s, when people believed that insects spontaneously arose from dead things, dew, dung, or mud, there lived a girl named Maria Merian who knew better She studied insects, especially moths and butterflies during a time when women were supposed to forgo study, especially that of insects, in favor of caring for a family and home, exclusively Still Maria could not quench her thirst for the mystery of God s smallest creatures, the insects She studied and drew insect, especially the mot [...]


    12. Maria was obsessed with bugs,especially caterpillars She like to watch them, study their life cycles, but most of all she liked to draw them A delightful, well written, thoroughly researched biography of 17th century Dutch ecologist and artist, Maria Merian Think, a female James Audubon who loves butterflies The list of supporting reference materials, glossaries, timelines and bibliographies is outstanding While recommended for middle school, adults may find it intriguing A must read for any bud [...]


    13. This is a wonderful book that shows how a girl, determined to follow her passion, used her art to change science Delightfully informative with lots of pictures and glimpses of what life was like when Maria Merian lived It s a great book for middle schoolers and older to read and learn.Follow your passions you never know where they will take you they took Maria places unexpected and brought her a lot of pleasure in the process.



    14. I knew nothing about Maria Merian until I read Marguerite Engle s picture book, Summer Birds That book became one of my collection to share throughout the year to inspire my students to pursue their passions and find a way to persevere It is hard for students to understand or even glimpse bits of the adversity that Maria Merian faced until now Joyce Sidman s masterful presentation of Merian life, challenges and determination is stunning Maria Merian is a one of a kind woman, scientist, artist an [...]



    15. This is a fascinating portrait of an early female naturalist who did much than draw butterflies as the title would have you believe Merian ignored disparagement and just continued to do what she loved and thought was important and even though my interest in ecology is minimal, I found her story inspiring The illustrations perfectly suit the text and the abundance of them makes this a pretty quick read which would be perfect for 5th or 6th graders.



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