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Fearless World Traveler: Adventures of Marianne North, Botanical Artist

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Release Date: May 11, 2021

Scientist. Artist. Rule-breaker. The vibrant and daring life of Marianne North by the award-winning author of Super Women and Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World.

In 1882, Marianne North showed the gray city of London paintings of jaw-dropping greenery like they'd never seen before.

As a self-taught artist and scientist, Marianne North subverted Victorian gender roles and advanced the field of botanical illustration. Her technique of painting specimens in their natural environment was groundbreaking. The legendary Charles Darwin was among her many supporters.

Laurie Lawlor deftly chronicles North's life, from her restrictive childhood to her wild world travels to the opening of the Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens to her death in 1890. The North gallery at Kew Gardens remains open to the public today.

Becca Stadtlander's award-winning lush, verdant artwork pairs wonderfully with the natural themes.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

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Laurie Lawlor


Becca Stadtlander


Holiday House

Recommended Ages:

6-9 years

Marianne North

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Girls Love STEAM Review:

Additional Reader & Professional Reviews:

"The illustrations are beautifully done, with attention and care carrying the spirit of North’s paintings throughout. . . . This is an impeccably attuned ­biography of a woman who broke the rules to the benefit of all."
-- School Library Journal, Starred Review

"captivating . . . Stadtlander’s vibrant watercolor and ink illustrations capture details—gimlet-eyed crocodiles, patterned carpet bags, a crab scuttling over a paint-smeared palette, 'marauding crows' stealing 'glittering tubes of paint'—that conjure the rich peculiarities of North’s intrepid and privileged life."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Stadtlander’s artwork is intricate and full of detail. She includes almost every shade of green imaginable in her illustrations, which are lush and rich with life both extant and extinct. . . . Plenty of backmatter makes this book an excellent starting point both for further research and to teach children how much work goes into creating a nonfiction book."
-- Kirkus Reviews

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