Beatrix Potter, Scientist by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Junyi Wu

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Beatrix Potter was a writer, an artist, and a scientist too, and she strove to find a place in the world for her talents.

Everyone knows Beatrix Potter as the creator of the Peter Rabbit stories. But before that, she was a girl of science. As a child, Beatrix collected nature specimens; as a young adult, she was an amateur mycologist presenting her research on mushrooms and other fungi to England's foremost experts. Like many women of her time, she remained unacknowledged by the scientific community, but her keen eye for observation led her to an acclaimed career as an artist and storyteller. A beloved author is cast in a new light in this inspiring picture book story.


"An unusual combination of women's history and science that shows not all questions can be answered."--Kirkus Reviews

"Metcalf's lyrical text is succinct and focused...a worthy addition to STEAM and women's history units."--Booklist

"Metcalf's tale illustrates difficulties of breaking through prejudiced systems...a story that both shows what was and hints at what might have been."--Publishers Weekly

"This inviting biography illuminates an unfamiliar aspect of an accomplished woman's life."--School Library Journal


Lindsay H. Metcalf has worked as a reporter, editor, and parenting columnist for The Kansas City Star. She lives in Kansas.

Junyi Wu is a freelance illustrator and designer and a graduate of ArtCenter College of Design. Her passions include pies, puns, and puzzles. She is based in Orange County, California.

Albert Whitman & Company

Pub Date: September 01, 2020

0.7" H x 10.6" L x 8.3" W

32 pages