'Summer Birds'

'Summer Birds. The Butterflies of Maria Merian'
by Margarita Engle
ill. by Julie Paschkis

In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects
were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous
generation. Maria Merian was only a child, but she disagreed.
She watched carefully as caterpillars spun themselves cocoons,
which opened to reveal summer birds, or butterflies and moths.
Maria studied the whole life cycle of the summer birds, and
documented what she learned in vibrant paintings

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Maria is encouraged to paint by her stepfather,
an artist, and she fills her notebook with the stages
of caterpillar life; the things they do, the kinds of leaves they
eat, the flowers where summer birds drink nectar


Hercynius said...

Just before we set off for Duluth this morning (100 miles southwest on Lake Superior) we saw a huge luna moth (the pale green one with the fuzzy white head) on our door. Good omen.

Aputsiaq said...

Oh, I've only seen it in beautiful. I hope good luck will follow you!