Maria Sibylla Merian was fascinated with insects. But when Maria was a girl in the mid-1600s, superstitions about bugs prevented most people from taking a close look. People thought bugs were evil—and anyone interested in such creatures was surely evil too. That didn’t stop Maria. Filled with curiosity, she began to study and paint them. She even witnessed silkworms form cocoons and transform into moths—discovering metamorphosis! Painting and drawing as she studied, Maria pushed the boundaries of what girls were expected to do, eventually gaining recognition as one of the first entomologists and scientific illustrators. This gorgeously illustrated biography celebrates a fascinating female pioneer who broke boundaries in both the arts and sciences.
Sarah Glenn Marsh is the author of the young adult Reign of the Fallen series, as well as the novel Fear the Drowning Deep. She also writes children’s picture books including A Campfire Tail, Selfie Sebastian, The Bug Girl, and Ninita’s Big World: The True Story of a Deaf Pygmy Marmoset. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, a whole lot of books, and her own little zoo of four rescued sighthounds, two cockatiels, and many fish.