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The Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the Rainforest

The Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the Rainforest

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This picture book biography tells the story of Meg Lowman, a groundbreaking female scientist called a "real life Lorax" by National Geographic, who was determined to investigate the marvelous, undiscovered world of the rainforest treetops.

Meg Lowman was always fascinated by the natural world above her head -- the colors, the branches, and, most of all, the leaves and mysterious organisms living there. Meg set out to climb up and investigate the rain forest tree canopies -- and to be the first scientist to do so. But she encountered challenge after challenge. Male teachers would not let her into their classrooms, the high canopy was difficult to get to, and worst of all, people were logging and clearing the forests. Meg never gave up or gave in. She studied, invented, and persevered, not only creating a future for herself as a scientist, but making sure that the rainforests had a future as well. Working closely with Meg Lowman, author Heather Lang and artist Jana Christy beautifully capture Meg's world in the treetops.

Author: Heather Lang
Publisher: Calkins Creek Books
Published: 02/09/2021
Pages: 48
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 11.20h x 8.80w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781684371778
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.1
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 511950 / Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the Rainforest


Review Citation(s):
Booklist 12/01/2020 pg. 42
School Library Journal 01/01/2021 pg. 84
Kirkus Reviews 01/01/2021
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 01/01/2021

About the Author
Heather Lang loves to write about real women who overcame extraordinary obstacles and never gave up on their dreams. Her award-winning picture book biographies include Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine.

Jana Christy currently lives in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. She is the illustrator of various titles, including I'm the Big One Now!: Poems about Growing Up. Visit janachristy.wixsite.com/illustrations.
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