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Caroline's comets : a true story, Emily Arnold McCully

Label
Caroline's comets : a true story
Title
Caroline's comets
Title remainder
a true story
Statement of responsibility
Emily Arnold McCully
Title variation
Carolines comets
Title variation remainder
a true story
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Caroline Herschel was the first woman to discover a comet and the first woman to be paid as a scientist."--
Illustration
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Review
  • PreS-Gr 3—This picture book biography tells the story of Caroline Herschel, who became the first female professional scientist employed by George III. Readers learn of her childhood love of stargazing, the illnesses of her youth, and the struggles she faced as an unmarried woman attempting to earn a living. Expansive, hand-drawn illustrations enhance the text. Rich, starry nighttime spreads alternate with vividly colored scenes on a white background. The text is wonderfully accessible to younger audiences, but 18th-century culture is not directly explained and may need to be discussed with children while reading. Herschel's family's singular dependence on her as their scullery maid, for example, may recall "Cinderella" to the minds of some youngsters or prompt questions about the way Herschel's family treated her. Also note that the focus here is on Herschel's life rather than on what a comet is or why it is a significant find. Pairing this title with materials on comets, stars, and astronomy would provide solid scientific context for the study of space. Herschel and her brother William's foray into telescope building is a highlight of the volume, as it demonstrates the process of learning through scientific experimentation. The use of italicized first-person excerpts from Herschel's recollections works well here. --Sara White (Reviewed 02/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 02, p118)
  • McCully (Queen of the Diamond; Dare the Wind) again sets her sights on groundbreaking women with this picture-book biography of Victorian-era scientist Caroline Herschel, the first woman to discover a comet. Dynamic pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations reveal a diminutive yet determined Caroline, her growth stunted and her face scarred by childhood disease. From inauspicious beginnings as a housekeeper and stocking knitter for her family, Caroline goes on to live with her astronomer brother in England and make valuable contributions to the field. Caroline’s own words, appearing as italicized excerpts from her autobiography, enhance McCully’s straightforward narrative: “William made a small telescope for Caroline. He taught her math so she could calculate the positions of stars. I found I was to be trained... I was ‘to sweep for comets.’ Caroline always did what her brother asked.” Despite the social constraints placed on unmarried women in the 18th century, Caroline thrives and achieves, becoming one of the first professional female scientists. A bibliography, glossary, and timeline wrap up a tale of resolve and perseverance that’s sure to encourage curious readers. Ages 6–10. Agent: Susan Cohen, Writers House. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/16/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 03, p)
  • Look up at the stars….The long and eventful life of Caroline Herschel (1750-1848), a musician, astronomer, discoverer of comets, and involuntary servant in the English principality of Hanover (in modern-day Germany), is described here in straightforward, factual narrative, studded with interesting detail and relevant autobiographical snippets. Relegated to the position of her family's maid because of her sex and thought to have poor marriage prospects because of smallpox scars, Caroline had already accepted her lot when her brother whisked her off to England to embark on a unique opportunity—a singing career. His interest in astronomy soon became hers, and she became his assistant at his request. The two went on to great work, both together and separately, and though Caroline did not necessarily choose her assignments (her brother did), she eventually discovered nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, and—famously—eight comets. While tracing Herschel's life and development as a scientist, the text takes care to make mention of the limitations imposed on Herschel by her family and society while realistically portraying the frustrations and accomplishments of the first woman to be paid as a scientific researcher. McCully's watercolor-and-ink illustrations are true to form; appealing and evocative, closely tied to the text, with just the right amount of relevant detail. Notes, bibliography, glossary, and timeline are included in the backmatter. An inspiring tale of scientific discovery despite obstacles, with a feminist point of view. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2017)
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10555774
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McCully, Emily Arnold
Dewey number
  • 520.92
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 6-10
  • K to grade 3
  • AD800L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
QB36.H5978
LC item number
M33 2017
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 3
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
4.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Herschel, Caroline Lucretia
  • Herschel, William
  • Herschel, Caroline Lucretia
  • Herschel, William
  • Women astronomers
  • Astronomers
  • Women scientists
  • Scientists
  • Discoveries in science
  • Comets
  • Women astronomers
  • Astronomers
  • Women scientists
  • Women
  • Scientists
  • Discoveries in science
  • Comets
  • Astronomers
  • Comets
  • Discoveries in science
  • Scientists
  • Women astronomers
  • Women scientists
  • Great Britain
Target audience
juvenile
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a true story
Label
Caroline's comets : a true story, Emily Arnold McCully
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1740070
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
31 pages
Isbn
9780823436644
Lccn
2016035066
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780823436644
  • (OCoLC)957656340
Label
Caroline's comets : a true story, Emily Arnold McCully
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1740070
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
31 pages
Isbn
9780823436644
Lccn
2016035066
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780823436644
  • (OCoLC)957656340

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