Friday, July 16, 2010

Ana's Picture Book of the Week

Summer Birds, The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle, pictures by Julie Paschkis, 2010 Henry Holt, NY.

If the cover of this sweet book reminds you of another illustrated picture book featured here, you are correct. The delightful book on the architecture of Gaudi entitled Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi was illustrated by the same Julie Paschkis. This book is about a girl whom I had never heard about. Read about her and discover a young, hard working and artistic scientific mind! And a world traveler too, in a time when few went beyond the village parish church.

Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson, illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler, 2010 Lee & Low Books, NY.

Another book I'd like to mention today is Seeds of Change, the third picture book I mention hereabout the Nobel Prize winner, and Benedictine College graduate, who started a huge tree-planting movement in Kenya, her homeland.

1 comment:

ScienceMom said...

Ana, I've been going through your "Picture Book of the Week" posts and requesting the titles for our youngest. Thanks for some great suggestions!!

I do want to point out a factual error in the Summer Birds / Maria Merian book, though. The jacket and frontispiece indicate that the story takes place during the "Middle Ages" but Merian was not actually born until the middle of the 17th century -- in the late Renaissance timeframe! Interestingly, the story's recurring theme of fear of being accused of witchcraft is much more characteristic of this Renaissance timeframe than of the Medieval period, according to historian Regine Pernoud.