Out of School and into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story

illus. by Jessica Lanan. 32p. ebook available. notes. Sleeping Bear. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781585369867.
Gr 1–4—Readers are introduced to naturalist Anna Comstock's enthusiasm for nature right from the opening sentence: "From the time she was no higher than a daisy, Anna was wild about nature." Comstock's (1854–1930) early love of the outdoors inspired her course of study at college, where she doubled as an artist and a scientist. Later, she noticed that many young people spent a large amount of time indoors during the school day, so she developed lessons to assist teachers with familiarizing students with wildlife. Comstock's quotes flutter across pages like a butterfly. Her story is sure to motivate teachers and librarians to take their students on a nature walk, while budding naturalists will sprout their own ideas of exploration. A springtime watercolor palette complements the carefully selected quotes.
VERDICT There is always room on library shelves for a well-crafted STEM-related picture book biography, and this one is sure to find an appreciative audience "faster than dandelion seeds on a windy day."

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