If there is a pre-teen or adolescent in your life, especially a girl, take a look at this empowering, inspiring chapter book. It portrays the youths and careers of six remarkable women whose curiosity about nature fueled a passion to steadfastly overcome obstacles to careers in traditionally men-only occupations. The six--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 became renowned scientists, artists and writers. A wonderful resource for young researchers and biographers, these stories can be a starting point for issues of gender, science, and the environment.
Ages 10 to 16, Grades 5 to 10
- CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
- Benjamin Franklin Silver for Young Adult Non-Fiction
Diverse intelligences often lead to nontraditional careers - pathways that many young readers may find appealing. These girls' families encouraged them to explore and investigate - they certainly were not "left inside." The commitment and extraordinary intelligence of the young women described in these biographical chapters will inspire both girls and boys at the intermediate level. There is also an introduction and more recommended readings for those who want to go further.
- NSTA Recommends (May 2010)