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Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 27. April 2010

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“Top-notch writing and absolutely stunning illustrations tell [Merian’s] inspirational story. A historical note at the end adds detail about Maria's life. Just right for budding scientists. Grade: A” —Cleveland Plain Dealer


“Bolstered by flat but elegantly rendered paintings, the award-winning Engle illuminates the life of an early female scientist. It all makes for pleasant reading and stirring stuff.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“In expertly pared-down language, the poetic lines deftly fold in basic science concepts about life cycles, along with biographical details that are further developed in an appended historical note. Paschkis’ brilliantly colored and patterned paintings are an exuberant counterpoint to the minimal words. …Joyous and inspiring, this beautiful introduction to a passionate young scientist ho defied grown-ups and changed history will spark children’s own fascination with the natural world and its everyday dramas.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“The illustrator's rich, gouache folk-style paintings, sometimes on a solid black background, share that joy in the natural world and with gentle fancy bring this little-known artist and entomologist to life.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

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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.


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Art, History, and Science in one beautiful book 3. Mai 2010
Von Ellen G. Olinger - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is an outstanding book in every way. "The true story of a girl who broke new ground as a scientist and an artist!"

Margarita Engle's writing and the pictures by Julie Paschkis combine so well to tell the story of Maria Merian, who I learned was born in Germany (1647).

I studied and worked in education for 20 years and had the privilege of teaching students from the early childhood level to grandparents. In my opinion, this book will appeal to all. As I watch butterflies from now on, I will think of "Summer Birds." My mother was German, so I also felt a personal connection. Wonderful book!
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This is a stunning portrait of a young girl, Maria Sibylla Merian ... 8. Mai 2010
Von D. Fowler - Veröffentlicht auf
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Beautiful butterflies flitted from flower to flower sipping the nectar. Maria was thirteen-years-old and carefully watched them as they flew through the air and went about their work. People called them "summer birds" and felt they were "beasts of the devil" because they sprang from the muds of the earth. It was a sort of magic because in that day and age everyone believed in shape shifting and werewolves, but Maria knew differently. She carefully captured beetles, summer birds, and dragonflies so she could study them and learn their ways. It had to be a secret venture because she would be accused of witchcraft if anyone caught wind of what she was doing.

She kept them in boxes and jars, fed them, and watched them grow. It was a secret, but she would soon discover the secrets these so called "beasts of the devil" held. She learned that "caterpillars are born from eggs laid by summer birds," that they ate leaves, later spun cocoons, and finally turned into those marvelous summer birds. They slowly emerged from their cocoons and once again she watched their life cycle. No, they were far from evil and were "not born from mud," but would anyone believe her? She began to study them in earnest, paint them, and continued to learn. Perhaps one day she could make people understand.

This is a stunning portrait of a young girl, Maria Sibylla Merian, who made the world realize that insects and summer birds were not evil. The presentation of this book was fascinating and young people will be able to learn about the life cycle of the butterfly in a very painless manner. Of course they will also learn about Maria Sibylla Merian, a young woman whose curiosity took her around the world in her quest for knowledge. The artwork is simply stunning and I was especially impressed with one two-page spread with an assortment of insects, "summer birds," and Maria sporting a set of wings against a black background. In the back of the book is a brief, but interesting look at the life of Maria.
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CSLA Rodda Award Nomination 1. April 2011
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SUMMER BIRDS was nominated for the 2011 Rodda Book Award sponsored by the Church and Synagogue Library Association (CSLA), an international organization serving congregational libraries of all faiths. CSLA's Rodda Award is named for Dorothy Rodda Sargent, a lifetime member and one of the founders of the organization. This award recognizes a book which exhibits excellence in writing and has contributed significantly to congregational libraries through promotion of spiritual growth. The award is given to books for adults, young adults, and children on a three-year-rotational basis. The 2011 Rodda Award focuses on books for children and this year's award will be presented at the CSLA annual conference to be held at the Hilton Embassy Row Hotel in Washington,D.C., July 19-22. To learn more about CSLA and the Rodda Award go to [...].
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Botanical artists love this book 9. September 2011
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As a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, I am thrilled with this sweet story--Maria Sybilla Merian was a woman of great spirit and her artwork was groundbreaking stuff at a time when women were helpmeets and cloistered from real life. For 'the rest of the story' read "Chrysalis" by Kim Todd. Summer Birds is a wonderful take on Maria Sybilla Merian! Thank you, Engle and Pashkis.
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Beautiful story 24. Juni 2014
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I discovered Maria Merian when looking for women botanists to share with my students. I was shocked to find out that Maria Merian was an amazing artist and scientist with a great story. This book captivated my students. Well written and illustrated.
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