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|Author: Jeannine Atkins
Illustrator: Paula Conner
Retail Price: Paperback • $8.95
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.
- Benjamin Franklin Silver for Young Adult Non-Fiction
- CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
- ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award (Finalist)
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)
In a unique approach to natural science, Dawn Publications has provided a user-friendly paperback that will attract the attention of adolescent girls (and some boys) as to what scientists do, especially female scientists. Simply and gracefully written, “Girls Who Looked Under Rocks” by Jeannine Atkins is a must-buy for school libraries, as well as parents who wish to encourage their young daughters in traditionally male occupations. Atkins has done her research meticulously and writes her facts well.
— Linda Hutton – Hutton Book Review Services (January 2001)
Not all girls run from insects and scream when they see snakes. Some get nose to nose with nature, to paint what they see, to write about what they learn, and to remind girls everywhere that rotten logs and mud puddles hid wonders. This book shares the stories of six groundbreaking female naturalists, including Rachel Carson and Jane Goodall. Grades 4 and up.
— Learning Magazine (January 2002)