Written by Chat GPT Summary: "What Miss Mitchell Saw," written by Hayley Barrett and illustrated by Diana Sudyka, is a picture book that tells the inspiring true story of Maria Mitchell, America's first professional female astronomer.
Born in 1818 on Nantucket Island, Maria Mitchell was raised in a Quaker family that encouraged her curiosity and education. Her father, a dedicated amateur astronomer, nurtured her love for the stars, and together they spent many nights observing the night sky.
The story follows Mitchell's determination and passion for astronomy, leading her to discover a telescopic comet in 1847, which later became known as "Miss Mitchell's Comet." Her discovery earned her international acclaim and a gold medal from the King of Denmark.
Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written, "What Miss Mitchell Saw" is more than just a biography; it's an empowering tale that encourages young readers to pursue their dreams and passions, emphasizing the importance of perseverance, curiosity, and hard work. It offers a glimpse into a time when women's contributions to science were often overlooked and celebrates a pioneering woman who broke through societal barriers.
This book is a great book for sensory details! Also for history and unit 4 Eureka! CKLA. What I love about books where children are interested in something that goes into their childhood is that it inspires students to follow their interests and passions as well!
Jill A. Hostetler
I love books so much! My particular loves are children's books and professional books that catch my fancy. One thing that keeps me happy and sane as a teacher is being able to get tons of books from the library and share them with my students. I have tried different ways to keep track of my books, but here's another attempt. We'll se if I can make this one fly!