A DIVERSE PICTURE BOOK: This book focuses on the life and discoveries of African American scientist Charles Henry Turner, filling the need for picture books featuring diverse historical figures; the book is written and illustrated by a noted African American author and illustrator.
PERFECT STEM BOOK FOR THE CLASSROOM: This book explores many areas of science, including biology, entomology, and experimentation, making it an ideal book for students.
FILLS A HOLE IN THE MARKET: There are no picture books on Charles Henry Turner. This biography introduces young readers to this important but perhaps little-known scientist.
YOUNG READERS WILL IDENTIFY WITH TURNER: They will appreciate his curiosity and drive to discover more about the world, and be inspired to pursue their own curiosities.
EXTENSIVE BACK MATTER: The book includes an author’s note, timeline, bibliography, source notes, and information on selected papers by Charles Henry Turner.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: This book includes references to science, biology, entomology, post-Civil War America, race relations and prejudice, experimentation, etc.
★ “A relatively unknown entomologist comes out of oblivion in this engaging picture book biography. Harrington’s text is inviting, and Turner’s enthusiasm comes through clearly…Taylor’s bright, cheerful, expertly rendered cartoon illustrations complement the text. Harrington and Taylor have rescued a worthy scientist from obscurity.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“A thorough biography of early African American scientist Charles Henry Turner…(the) extensively researched, jam-packed text intrigues and inspires with Turner’s example of discovery and hard-won, meaningful contributions to knowledge about life. A well-written tribute to a deserving champion of science.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Full-color digital illustrations and Harrington’s conversational, sometimes lyrical prose tell the story of ’indefatigable’ African-American entomologist and zoologist Charles Henry Turner…fascinating…”—Publishers Weekly
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