Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science Hardcover – 20 Sep 2016
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* "Vividly imagines the lives of three girls who grew up to become famous for their achievements in science. . . . Atkins has a knack for turning a phrase. . . . Science is woven through the narratives, but within the fabric of the characters' daily lives and family struggles. . . . each of these three perceptive portrayals is original and memorable."--Booklist, starred review
"Evocative and beautiful. Highly recommended for fans of poetry about the natural world and the lives of real people."--School Library Journal
* "Distinguished for both content and elegance. . . . Readers are lured in by strong openings and vivid storytelling. . . . With each chaptered poem a gem in its own right, this collection will appeal to poetry lovers as well as awakening scientists."--BCCB, starred review
"Atkins guides readers through the themes that connect the women's scientific quests, from a boundary-pushing desire for knowledge . . . to the satisfaction they find in their work."--Horn Book
"Inspirational and informative, Atkins shows how pursuing one's passion for science, math, or any field considered nontraditional is worth the risk."--Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Jeannine Atkins is the author of several books for young readers about courageous women, including Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis; Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science; and the highly praised Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters. Jeannine teaches children's literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and writing at Simmons College. She lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at JeannineAtkins.com.
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Anyway, this book is wonderful for any age and would be a great read-aloud to a child before bed. Send them to sleep dreaming of their own possible contributions to the world.
Both fascinating as well as informative, I come away with a greater appreciation for living in the times that we do. In many ways, they were raised and encouraged to forge their own paths by strong male mentors; they went on to live fulfilling and some would argue independent lives. But I couldn't help feeling that their lives were so much smaller simply because of their gender.
The detailed annotations at the back are not to be missed. Atkins knows that she has only piqued the interest of her readers with these scientists, and that they will want to know more. Finding Wonders should find a place in every library for both boys and girls to enjoy.