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Maria's Comet

by Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by Deborah Lanino

Published by An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum, 1999
32 pages
ISBN: 0-689-81501-8

Ages 4 - 7

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. CCBC categories: Historical People, Places and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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