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Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book . Preview — Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins. Three biographies in verse about three girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists.
Maria 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 Three biographies in verse about three girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists. 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. 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 comet—and 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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , s. More Details Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. To ask other readers questions about Finding Wonders , please up. Does Andrea leave Maria? Janet Your question has nothing to do with the thoughtfulness and insight that the writer brings to us sharing with us details of the lives of these three y …more Your question has nothing to do with the thoughtfulness and insight that the writer brings to us sharing with us details of the lives of these three young girls whose become scientists.
The writings are much more about highlighting the young girls' fascination with the natural world, geology and stars as young girls and following their passions. Great role models and a powerful message for today's young girls.
See 2 questions about Finding Wonders…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 22, April Aprilius Maximus rated it liked it Shelves: A delightful little book that brings the stories of three girls who changed science to life. I wasn't blown away by this, but am definitely glad I read it and learnt about what these brave girls did. Mar 05, Cheryl rated it really liked it.
Ack, no, it's not a "novel in verse. It's very good. The poems are poetry: they're not chunks of text broken up into lines as many of the books that claim to be novels in verse are. Rather, they have a lovely cadence, and resonant metaphors, and they do things like draw a parallel between what the girl is struggling with and what her subject of study experiences. I have read other works about Merian and Anning an Ack, no, it's not a "novel in verse. I have read other works about Merian and Anning and found these bios to be sufficiently inclusive of the important information about their lives, but of course a lot was left out.
I admit I'd never heard of Mitchell, but I similarly felt sufficiently satisfied by the story of her family influences etc. Actually, I'm going to edit the world novel out of the book description Oh, and recommend this book to educators, families, and independent readers. Jun 22, Alison rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite , middle-grade , poetry-collections.
Told in prose, this is an important middle-grade read about three young ladies who defied what others told them they had to do and committed their lives to science and discovery. Based around three very real women, we are told about how Maria Merian refused to believe the lies about moths and discover where they really came from, combining her love for art in the process.
We see how Mary Anning worked relentlessly despite her family's hardships to uncover fossils of some never before seen prehis Told in prose, this is an important middle-grade read about three young ladies who defied what others told them they had to do and committed their lives to science and discovery. We see how Mary Anning worked relentlessly despite her family's hardships to uncover fossils of some never before seen prehistoric beings.
We watch as Maria Mitchell takes her love for the night sky and excels through life and never stops seeking answers. This is important for young readers because the lack of women in science, despite how important they have been through history.
As STEM programs grow, so should the women's roles in scientific discoveries. I also loved how this combined art and science, showing that you don't have to give up one for the other. Nov 13, Marie the Librarian rated it really liked it Shelves: owned. This was a very cool and interesting book about ladies in science! I liked the prose form and what I learned.
Very interesting! Apr 04, KC rated it really liked it Shelves: astronomy , poetry , biography , girl-power , space , cover-porn , childrens , science , exploration , fiction. Prose driven telling of thee remarkable women who changed the coarse in science.
Finding Wonders is a beautifully and creatively written middle grade story exploring the lives of 3 girls who are curious, love questions and the world around them, and are persistent in pursuing their love of science and scientific inquiries.
Each makes important scientific contributions, and I loved reading about them and the context of their lives. The author ensures t Finding Wonders is a beautifully and creatively written middle grade story exploring the lives of 3 girls who are curious, love questions and the world around them, and are persistent in pursuing their love of science and scientific inquiries.
However, these thoughts might provoke good conversation. A needlewoman trains her eyes to stay cast down while hiding knots and boredom, committing herself to the circumference of a lap. Finding Wonders is an interesting, creative, and worthwhile read. It makes me eager to read all the untold stories!
For more reviews visit my blog readingladies. Sep 28, Ian Tymms rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , middle-school-collections , my-classroom-library , middle-school-non-fiction. A book that ticks every box. Beautifully written, non-fiction verse novel about the lives of three girls who grew to make an important contribution to the history of science. Definitely a book for girls to read to provide potential models for their lives but also a book for boys to read to celebrate the role that all humans need to take in making the world a richer, more humane, place to live. If I could give 6 stars on Goodre, this would be 6 stars.
It would be a great text for shared reading A book that ticks every box. It would be a great text for shared reading - a la Kate Roberts - as it's really 3 interconnected short verse novellas and you could study any one of them independently with a class encouraging those with interest to keep working on another or to continue their reading in a different text. May 09, Herzl rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in I had not read a middle-school level book since, well, middle school lol. This is a refreshing experience for me, and it made me reminisce the books that inspired and empowered me during that certain time of my life.
Nancy Drew and The Babysitters' Club were my jam back then lol. It kinda pains me to realize that the three women featured in "Finding Winders" were not included in any science class syllabus I have taken. I greatly appreciate the amount of research Jeannine Atkins had put into th I had not read a middle-school level book since, well, middle school lol. I greatly appreciate the amount of research Jeannine Atkins had put into this book and how she mixed the factual details of these girls' lives with her own imagined fillers to give justice and praise to their talent and hard work.
I was initially weirded out by how it is written as prose poetry, but I understand that it is also a tool for Atkins to show that science and art can be combined beautifully, as proven by these three women. Some of my favorite quotes include: It takes a strong person to see past old stories.
Mistakes bring discoveries. Women don't cross the ocean, at least not unless married to merchants or missionaries. No one has sailed to another continent just to look at and draw small animals and plants. Maria is told, "You're too old. You can't go alone. Science is made of certainty but welcomes surprise. He loves questions as much as answers. Mary means to find those he can no longer seek. We'll find wonders. Wonder doesn't have walls.Looking for girls adult girls adkins
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