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The Resource What Miss Mitchell saw, written by Hayley Barrett ; illustrated by Diana Sudyka

What Miss Mitchell saw, written by Hayley Barrett ; illustrated by Diana Sudyka

Label
What Miss Mitchell saw
Title
What Miss Mitchell saw
Statement of responsibility
written by Hayley Barrett ; illustrated by Diana Sudyka
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Every evening, from the time she was a child, Maria Mitchell stood on her rooftop with her telescope and swept the sky. And then one night she saw something unusual--a comet no one had ever seen before! Miss Mitchell's extraordinary discovery made her famous the world over and paved the way for her to become America's first professional female astronomer."--
Writing style
Illustration
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 3—This beautiful biography of astronomer Maria Mitchell begins with her birth and childhood on the island of Nantucket, where her father taught her to use a telescope and "sweep the sky" to observe and learn about all types of celestial phenomena. Mitchell's perseverance and fascination with the night sky led to the discovery of a comet and a gold medal from the King of Denmark commemorating her accomplishment. The ink, gouache, and watercolor illustrations provide the perfect accompaniment to the story, especially the repeated use of the night starscape, not just in the dark sky, but also in the characters' clothes, reflected in the sea, on the school blackboard, and in the thoughts of the astronomer. The dialogue is effectively splashed across the pages rather than being inserted into the text. Both the text and illustrations introduce specialized vocabulary related to astronomy that might be used to launch further exploration. The book closes with additional information about Mitchell and her distinguished career, as well as some background information on the Quakers and how their beliefs are reflected in the book. VERDICT An engaging, inspiring biography of an important figure in the history of science. This book could also serve to launch discussions and inspire further research about astronomy. Highly recommended.—Theresa Muraski, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Library --Theresa Muraski (Reviewed 09/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 8, p135)
  • A bright-eyed baby peers up from a star-studded swaddle; the baby will become one of history’s most famous female astronomers, Maria Mitchell. Born in 1818 to a family of Nantucket Quakers, Mitchell earned international renown for discovering a comet in 1847, winning the King of Denmark’s gold medal and besting male claimants to the prize. Barrett focuses on Mitchell’s life up to that moment, emphasizing her persistence (“Schoolwork did not always come easy, but she studied with determination”) and her environment (“celestial phenomena that arched overhead like a whale’s sparkling splash”). Sudyka’s watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations show stars gleaming from the ocean depths and inching up a woman’s hem; Mitchell herself is swept aloft by their beauty and power. Notes on the subject’s path-breaking career close the book. Ages 4–8. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 07/08/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 27, p)
  • A tale of astronomical accomplishment. Born on the island of Nantucket, Maria Mitchell grows up among the dunes and knows the local whaling vessels and shopkeepers by name. Illustrations rendered in gouache, watercolor, and ink initially depict her island world and move on to the endless sky she later studies. Because of her hardworking nature—she perseveres at school despite finding it challenging—her mother suggests her father take her on as an astronomy assistant. This leads Maria to learn the stars, planets, and celestial events by name as well, as she begins to "sweep the sky" with her telescope. Later on, she notices a new glow—a comet! At the advice of her father, she reports her discovery, which earns her a gold medal from the king of Denmark and worldwide recognition. While the text has a nice flow and a poetic feel, the meaning of the specialized vocabulary introduced is not always evident. Though the illustrations of an all-white cast in old-fashioned garb set the story squarely in the past, the time frame is not presented until the final notes, and readers unfamiliar with women's history may be unaware of how unusual Mitchell's accomplishments were if they miss them. Still, this is an engaging story of women's history and astronomy that may inspire readers to further biographical research and exploration of STEM. An involving addition to the women-in-STEM shelves. (Picture book/biography. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2019)
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10798451
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Barrett, Hayley
Dewey number
  • 520.92
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 4-8
  • K to grade 3
LC call number
QB36.M7
LC item number
B37 2019
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Sudyka, Diana
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mitchell, Maria
  • Women astronomers
  • Astronomers
  • Comets
  • Mitchell, Maria
  • Women astronomers
  • Astronomers
  • Comets
Target audience
primary
Label
What Miss Mitchell saw, written by Hayley Barrett ; illustrated by Diana Sudyka
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2019000751
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781481487597
Lccn
2019000751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1083699232
Label
What Miss Mitchell saw, written by Hayley Barrett ; illustrated by Diana Sudyka
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2019000751
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781481487597
Lccn
2019000751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1083699232

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