Women in Biology: Science Wide Open Series – written by Mary Wissinger, illustrated by Danielle Pioli


  Women in Biology: Science Wide Open Series – written by Mary Wissinger, illustrated by Danielle Pioli, Science, Naturally!  9781938492303, 2020 paperback first edition, originally published 2016

Format:  Paperback (English and Spanish)

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book:  A wonderful introduction to women in biology and how the science of biology works- to ask questions, come up with a hypothesis and then do experiments to figure out answers to your questions.  Women in Biology is part of the Science Wide Open Series.  There are two other titles in the series:  Women in Chemistry and Women in Physics.  The colorful illustrations enhance this celebration of girl heroes in science.  The story begins with a young girl observing a butterfly in the woods and she asks, ‘What makes a butterfly?’  The narrator provides an explanation for our young elementary learners and we are introduced to Maria Sibylla Merian who studied and drew the life cycles of caterpillars and other bugs.  Then ‘What is biology?’ is asked and we are introduced to Hildegard of Bingen and her discoveries on biology and medicine.  That leads to the question of, ‘Biology keeps me from getting sick?’  and the introduction of Dr. Jane Cooke Wright and her work on picking the best treatments to give her patients.  Then Linda Buck and her work on nose cells having tiny message receivers called receptors.  Lastly, Barbara McClintock shares her work on corn and DNA being able to switch parts.  The back pages include pictures of the ‘Women in Biology’, a glossary, and a bibliography for further resources.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  A great introduction to share and celebrate about the women in biology that have provided wonderful achievements and made a difference in science.

Who should buy this book?  elementary schools, home and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture books nonfiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, JC Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  December 26, 2020

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