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Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story Hardcover – March 15, 2017
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Slade and Lanan bring the biography of scientist Anna Comstock to young readers. A true story about an early champion of nature education, this beautifully illustrated watercolor picture book introduces young readers to Anna Botsford Comstock, a white woman born in 1854. ... She attended Cornell University to study entomology and also honed her artistic craft in drawing insects. Anna Comstock insisted that New York state integrate nature study into classroom lessons and allow children to experience nature while in school. ... Quotes from her writing augment the illustrations in a complementary display type. The informative backmatter fills in more details about the life and accomplishments of this naturalist, writer, scholar, and forward-thinking female pioneer. An inspirational must-read for budding scientists and those who teach them. (notes, bibliography) (Picture book. 5-8) [Starred Review] --Kirkus Reviews
Quotations from Comstock are sprinkled throughout, accompanied by Slade's gentle narration: Anna believed that children should experience nature too. They needed to hold it close in their fingers, feel it squish between their toes. It's a lovely tribute to a pioneering educator. --Publisher Weekly
Though not many will be familiar with Comstock, her story is told with such warmth and admiration that people will be rooting for her the entire time. Lanan's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are done with loving attention to detail; young nature lovers in particularly might delight in the close-up details on different bugs. This sweet biography is perfect for fans of Patrick McDonnell s Me . . . Jane (2011), or any child who relishes the feeling of mud squishing between their toes. --Booklist
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