Loved this book Stories told in poems about 3 surprising girls women I was suspect to see Poems, but the lyrical poems really pulled me along in the story, capture the beauty of nature and curiosity that each woman explored Some of the stories are sad, as their lives were hard at times, but each persevered and achieved things through hard work and patience Wow Recommended to me through Diverse Books Club on GR, I would have never found this one on my own It s a sad irony in that the three women featured I ve never heard of before, either, though they surely made an indelible impression in the annals of science The biographies of these women are told perfectly through verse I think had the author written in an any other form, she would have missed her mark.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 Finding Wonders should find a place in every library for both boys and girls to enjoy. This is a beautifully written book about 3 unknown women from history who changed the world of science It s breathtaking in its poetry and images and celebrates those who question even when it s not always safe to do so Maria Merian documented the metamorphosis of insects, Mary Anning excavated dragons that were in fact dinosaur fossils, and Maria Mitchell found a comet All of them living in times when women s contributions to science were scorned or ridiculed Though here I must point out that it s impossible to even know what women contributed to science over the ages since it s not documented anywhere How do we know that it wasn t Mrs Gutenberg who invented the printing press Maybe one day she was washing the dishes and listening for the millionth time to Johannes complain about the problems of printing and she said, Joe For heaven s sake just use moveable type And would it hurt you to throw your dirty socks in the hamper instead of on the bathroom floor And off he ran to the print shop shouting eureka without a thought to giving her credit for something that changed everything.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. This book was cute and I learned SO MUCH I always have a hard time reading verse but it definitely does make the pages fly by I love that this book exists and I m so glad I read it thanks to the Diverse Books Club I will be trying to get my nieces and nephews to read it for sure. Rare to find a very engaging children s book on girls who explored science and nature My 11 year old daughter is loving it The quality of the writing is superb And the historical settings are very beautiful and interesting Just lovely Delightful and inspiring By telling the stories of three girl scientists through verse, Atkins illustrates the interrelationships between disciplines of knowledge and proves that science is integral to our everyday life and experiences of the world Moreover, that girls have the power to transform our world with science She poetically imagines with nuanced beauty the everyday experience of these ordinary girls, who achieved extraordinary things in science.Maria Marian is a girl curious about the world forbidden to her as a female of her time and place As she courageously learns through observation and painting, Maria not only learns about nature and the beauty she finds in the life cycles of insects In Atkins telling, as she discovers metamorphosis, she also learns to cope with her changing family life, and her transforming self Throughout Maria s life story, art interweaves with science and alters perspectives on and her experiences of the everyday world Mary Anning and her father find the shape of animals and mysterious creatures in rocks Following her father s death, Mary continues their work discovering wonders and supplying fossils as specimens The physical fossils she uncovers meld with imaginative prose to recover that which was lost to human knowledge Lastly, Maria Mitchell studies patterns, mathematics, and the stars to satisfy her yearning for a world beyond her Quaker upbringing on an island Through close observation to patterns and connections, she discovers a comet and opens up new opportunities for herself and other women in science.With poetry, Atkins melds biography with novelistic imagining Her account of these three historic lives demonstrate the important contributions of girls and women to science This would be a fantastic book for integrative teaching in classrooms Or a wonderful gift for a young girl in your life. This evocative and beautiful School Library Journal novel vividly imagines the lives of three girls Booklist, starred review in three different time periods as they grow up to become groundbreaking scientistsMaria Merian was sure that caterpillars were not wicked things born from mud, as most people of her time believed Through careful observation she discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented her findings in gorgeous paintings of the life cycles of insects More than a century later, Mary Anning helped her father collect stone sea creatures from the cliffs in southwest England To him they were merely a source of income, but to Mary they held a stronger fascination Intrepid and patient, she eventually discovered fossils that would change peoples vision of the past Across the ocean, Maria Mitchell helped her mapmaker father in the whaling village of Nantucket At night they explored the starry sky through his telescope Maria longed to discover a new cometand after years of studying the night sky, she finally did Told in vibrant, evocative poems, this stunning novel celebrates the joy of discovery and finding wonder in the world around us My daughter and I were a bit disappointed Would have liked for the biographies to have beeen written from a first person perspective As written the stories weren t as engaging as I had hoped. Was given as a gift Is fine, wish it included detail but fine.