The Leaf Detective

By Heather Lang, Jana Christy (illustrator),

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

Book description

John Burroughs Association Riverby Award
Honorable Mention, Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

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…

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2 authors picked The Leaf Detective as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I picked this book because it’s a great reminder that plants are wildlife, too—and they’re as important and as endangered as animals! It’s also a truly fascinating story of the woman who figured out how to study the rainforest canopy, a hundred feet in the air! I love how this book tells one woman’s inspiring story while at the same time inspiring kids to care and learn more about the much-needed flora on our planet.

From Meeg's list on nonfiction on helping wildlife.

I always loved science as a kid. I also loved it when people doubted what I said I could do. It just made me buckle down and try harder! No surprise then that I found “Canopy Meg” to be just my kind of girl. As Lang tells us (often in her subject’s own words), Meg Lowman didn’t let obstacles stop her from her dream of exploring and documenting discoveries in the rain forest canopy. Lowman’s work led to the creation of an important branch of environmental research and helped others see the importance of protecting the rainforest. Jana Christy’s illustrations…

From Aimee's list on brave and extraordinary women.

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