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Updated: Oct 4, 2021

The Story of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist



Clarion Books

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

(pub.3.9.2021) 40 pages

Author: Evan Griffith

Illustrator: Joanie Stone

Character: Jeanne Power

Overview: "How did a nineteenth-century dressmaker revolutionize science?

Jeanne Power was creative: she wanted to learn about the creatures that swim beneath the ocean waves, so she built glass tanks and changed the way we study underwater life forever.

Jeanne Power was groundbreaking: she solved mysteries of sea animals and published her findings at a time when few of women’s contributions to science were acknowledged.

Jeanne Power was persistent: when records of her research were lost, she set to work repeating her studies. And when men tried to take credit for her achievements, she stood firm and insisted on the recognition due to her.

Jeanne Power was inspiring, and the legacy of this pioneering marine scientist lives on in every aquarium."

Tantalizing taste:

"Jeanne loved the rich colors of the paper nautilus. She loved the graceful way it sails through the water. With her aquariums, she was able to do something no one had ever done before: observe this enchanting octopus alive and up close. And this careful study gave her the chance to solve a mystery that had puzzled scientists for ages...

Jeanne's heart leaped. She had solved the mystery of the paper nautilus. It didn't steal another animal's shell - it created one of its own!"

And something more: Jeanne's Life and Legacy at the back of the book explains: "Although aquariums have existed in various forms since ancient times, Jeanne was one of the first to create aquariums specifically for scientific observation. This put her at the forefront of a major shift in how animals were studied ... The way she advocated for her work was equally revolutionary. Jeanne was far from the only woman making game-changing scientific discoveries in the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, many female scientists of this era did not receive credit for their work. By speaking out when others tried to lay claim to her research, and by ensuring that her name was attached to her publications, she helped open the door for the recognition of women in science."

Updated: Sep 27, 2021

The Story of Singer, Songwriter, Activist Jean Ritchie A TRUE TALE WITH


Reycraft Books

(pub.8.17.2021) 32 pages

Author: Shannon Hitchcock

Illustrator: Sophie Page

Character: Jean Ritchie

Overview: "This lyrical picture book biography of songwriter and activist Jean Ritchie-Singer traces her life from the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky to New York City and beyond as her protest songs inspired a nation " Tantalizing taste:

"Jean grew up like a sapling, and life in the Cumberland Mountains began to change.

Rumbling cars replaced rambling walks.

The roar of radios replaced the strum of strings.

A heavy feeling hung over the hills.

Jean wished she could turn back time.

Her brothers and sisters left home one by one.

Finally, it was Jean's turn to go...

Jean's singing inspired other people to raise their voices, too.

Activists solemnly sang 'The Cool of the Day' at their protest rallies.

Jean sang it to throngs of people at the Concert for the Mountains

in New York City."

And something more: Publishers Weekly provides a review of SHE SANG FOR THE MOUNTAINS: "Introduced to folk singers cum protestors—sketched portraits bear the names of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Carl Sandburg, and Doc Watson—by a Library of Congress song collector, Ritchie takes up protest songwriting to oppose coal mining. Hitchcock uses gently melodious, alliterative prose... Earthy, dimensional collage art by Page underlines the story’s themes with its organic, handmade feel. A hearty portrait of the 'Mother of Folk,' emphasizing the belief that music can create change."

How A Boy from Brooklyn Became America's Doctor



(Simon & Schuster)

(pub.6.29.2021) 48 pages

Author: Kate Messner

Illustrator: Alexandra Bye

Character: Dr. Anthony Fauci

Overview: "Before he was Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci was a curious boy in Brooklyn, delivering prescriptions from his father’s pharmacy on his blue Schwinn bicycle. His father and immigrant grandfather taught Anthony to ask questions, consider all the data, and never give up—and Anthony’s ability to stay curious and to communicate with people would serve him his entire life.

This engaging narrative, which draws from interviews the author did with Dr. Fauci himself, follows Anthony from his Brooklyn beginnings through medical school and his challenging role working with seven US presidents to tackle some of the biggest public health challenges of the past fifty years, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Extensive back matter rounds out Dr. Fauci’s story with a timeline, recommended reading, a full spread of facts about vaccines and how they work, and Dr. Fauci’s own tips for future scientists."

Tantalizing taste:

"In high school Anthony realized he wanted to be a doctor. He went to college and got a summer job working construction to help pay for his tuition. When the crew was building a new library for the Cornell medical college in New York City, Anthony snuck inside to peek at the grand auditorium. What would it be like to learn in such an extraordinary place?

Then a guard showed up. Anthony's work boots were tracking mud all over the floor! Anthony told the guard that he was going to attend medical school there in a year. The guard laughed and asked him to leave. So Anthony left ... but not for long.

He attended that medical school and graduated first in his class. Now he was Dr. Fauci!"

And something more:

The "Are Vaccines Safe?" section in the back matter shares: "Did you know ... when you roll up your sleeve for a vaccine, it doesn't protect only you? By boosting your immune system to fight disease, you also help to make sure you won't spread germs to your family, friends, or community. Getting a vaccine makes you a disease-fighting superhero!"

And Kate Messner's book dedication for DR. FAUCI recognizes superheroes during this pandemic:

"For all the scientists, health care professionals, first responders, and essential workers,

Thank you.

And for the scientists and problem-solvers of tomorrow,

Dream big."

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