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The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: Maria Mercian - Alder & Alouette

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Mercian’s Art Changed Science

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Explore the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian in The Girl Who Drew Butterflies. Maria discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented the science behind the mystery.

Merian flouted convention and and became the first female entomologist! She was one of the first naturalists to observe live insects directly and record her observations about metamorphosis through drawings. As a special treat, this visual biography features many original paintings by Merian herself. Full color.


  • Robert F Sibal Information Book Award | Winner | Children’s Book | 2019.


  • The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science
  • Written by Joyce Sidman.
  • Published by Clarion Books, February 20, 2018
  • Ages 9 to 12 years
  • 0.8" H x 9.1" L x 7.1" W (1.18 lbs) 160 pages
  • Hardcover