WHAT LINNAEUS SAW:
A SCIENTIST’S QUEST TO NAME EVERY LIVING THING
A trailblazing scientist and intellectual rule breaker, Carl Linnaeus forever changed the way we think about the natural world.
Charles Darwin considered him one of his “two gods.” Benjamin Franklin labeled him “the great Naturalist.” The Queen of Sweden gossiped that he was “a very witty man, even if he doesn’t look it.” The Pope banned his books. Thomas Jefferson not only read them but bought copies for friends.
Now in a lively new biography, Karen Beil captures the colorful life and innovative science of the great eighteenth-century naturalist. The naturalists of the 1700s who traveled the globe searching for rare plants and animals were the “science nerds” of their day. Foremost among them was Carl Linnaeus, a teacher and radical thinker who revolutionized biology.
From his explorations into the wilds of Sweden as a boy to his time as a young medical doctor in Holland, moving among the leading scientific thinkers of the era, Karen Beil traces Linnaeus’s path to understanding and organizing the natural world. His unprecedented system for classifying and naming plants and animals, developed over the course of his life, became the foundation of modern taxonomy and inspired generations of scientists.
Rich biographical anecdotes, mystery animals, and problematic plants build suspense as Beil helps today’s readers to see WHAT LINNAEUS SAW.
FIRE IN THEIR EYES:
WILDFIRES AND THE PEOPLE WHO FIGHT THEM
Why would anyone stand in the way of a wildfire? Despite the danger, a courageous few do combat wildfires, battling wilderness blazes across the country.
Sometimes these firefighters even use fire as a tool for preservation of fire-dependent habitats. In their hands, one of nature’s most destructive and unpredictable forces becomes the means to protect people, animals, and the wild lands that are America’s greatest resource.
In researching this book, Karen Beil joined prescribed burn crews during two seasons, documented a Montana smokejumper training camp, reported on blazes fought by hotshot and Type 2 crews, and interviewed dozens of people to create a closeup portrait of ordinary heroes. A dramatic environmental adventure about science, nature, and human daredevils!
American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Title - National Council of Teachers of English
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Nonfiction Honor List
YA Top 40 - Pennsylvania School Librarians Association
Maine Student Book Award - chosen by kids!
Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Did Jack really build the ‘house that Jack built?’
One hard-working, big-truck-driving, hammer-pounding pooch, Max, wants you to know his side of the story in this exciting tell-all construction tale.
The Original Art Exhibition, Museum of American Illustration, New York, NY
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book
A BOOK ABOUT COUNTING BY TWOS
Illustrated by Paul Meisel
Passengers climb on to the Countingtown Trolley in an orderly way: two by two. When an obnoxious cow elbows her way on board, the driver’s careful count goes awry. Will the driver’s sharp math skills resolve this chaos?
Alabama’s Emphasis on Reading Award - chosen by kids!
A CAKE ALL FOR ME!
Illustrated by Paul Meisel
Piggy is starving. So he bakes a cake. He sifts the flour, he cracks the eggs, he mixes the batter. Then knock, knock, knock! What will he do when his hungry friends unexpectedly show up at his kitchen door? Tough decision! Will he share or will he be . . . a pig?
grandma according to me
Illustrated by Ted Rand
A loving tribute to the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, told from the child’s point-of-view.