Maria's Comet

by Deborah Hopkinson and Deborah Lanino

A lyrical picture story based on the childhood of astronomer Maria Mitchell who shared... read more

A lyrical picture story based on the childhood of astronomer Maria Mitchell who shared her father’s interest in looking at stars through a telescope. Although women scientists were uncommon in the early 19th century, Maria’s parents always encouraged her interest in science and math, and supported her educational efforts. In her fictional story, Hopkinson has imagined what might have happened in Mitchell’s early childhood when she was first allowed to look through her father’s telescope. Lanino’s acrylic paintings aptly capture the first stirrings of a young child’s sense of wonder. (Ages 4-7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000

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