Summer Birds by Margarita Engle
The Butterflies of Maria Merian

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In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous generation. Maria Merian was only a child, but she disagreed. She watched carefully as caterpillars spun themselves cocoons, which opened to reveal summer birds, or butterflies and moths. Maria studied the whole life cycle of the summer birds, and documented what she learned in vibrant paintings.

This is the story of one young girl who took the time to observe and learn, and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece. 


About Margarita Engle

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Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet, novelist, and journalist whose work has been published in many countries. She is the author of young adult nonfiction books and novels in verse including The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor Book, The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, and Tropical Secrets. She lives in northern California.   Julie Paschkis has illustrated many books for young readers. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Published April 27, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Science & Math.

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It’s not often that someone is born both a great scientist and a great artist, especially if that someone is a girl in the middle of the 17th century.

Apr 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Summer Birds: The Butterflies...

In Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian, Margarita Engle introduces young readers to the fascinating figure of Maria Merian, a 17th-century naturalist and illustrator who advanced knowledge about butterflies, moths and other insects.

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