#BookBeginnings The Girl Who Drew Butterflies

For something different, I’m reading a middle grade/young adult nonfiction title The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman

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Summary:  A biography of seventeenth century artist, adventurer, and scientist Maria Merian.

In another life, I review children’s books at Wrapped in Foil blog. The last month or so I’ve been a round one judge for a children’s book contest, Cybils and along with a number of other judge’s I’ve read 130+ children’s books (this is one of them.) It has been a challenge, but a fun and educational one.  By the way, if you  are looking for gift ideas for kids, the Cybils nomination lists are a great way to find new books (published in the last year) already sorted by age and genre.

First Sentence:

A girl kneels in her garden. It is 1660, and she has just turned thirteen:  too old for a proper German girl to be crouching in the dirt, according to her mother.


This is a beautiful book. Between Maria Merian’s gorgeous paintings of flowers and insects, and Joyce Sidman’s lovely photographs, it is hard to tear your eyes away to read the text. But Maria’s story is pretty fascinating, too.

I know they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I really like biographies written for children, particularly picture book biographies. Author’s of picture books have distilled an entire life to fit into 32 pages. That is amazing to me.

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies is technically a middle grade level book, but I think it could easily work for older kids, too.

What do you think?  Is it something you might be interested in reading?


  1. Breana M.

    This is the first I’ve heard of Maria Merian and I would definitely be interested in reading The Girl Who Drew Butterflies.

    • Roberta

      If you are interested in women’s history, art and/or science, it has something for you.

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I love books with gorgeous photos, and butterflies are so beautiful. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “TELL ME LIES”

    • Roberta

      Thanks. Yours sounds intriguing.

  3. Kathy

    Sounds good. I like picture book biographies too. This week I have a historical mystery – A Moment in Crime by Amanda Allen. Happy reading!

    • Roberta

      So, I’m not the only one. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Yvonne

    This sounds interesting. I never heard of it before. I’d give it a try.

  5. Ashley S.

    Oh, this sounds like a delightful read! I used to love picture book biographies. Hope you have a great week! 🙂

  6. Lauren @ Always Me

    Love that cover and that page! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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