My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ernest Everet Just was an expert in marine aquatic organisms and was also a pioneer in the field of cell biology and the fertilization of the egg. He was a scientist who was curious about the world around him and loved to observe nature and taught others to question and observe too. And until I read The Vast Wonder of the World, I’d never known anything about this biologist. Mélina Mangal’s research is incredibly thorough, as evidenced by the details in the story as the narrative unfolds and as it is further expounded upon in the backmatter of the book through the author’s note and timeline.
It needs to also be said that the illustrator, Luisa Uribe shares her research process with the reader as well and it is so valuable to hear about the work that she poured into the project to not just make it a beautifully illustrated book, but also to make it visually accurate in its depictions. Mélina Mangal and Luisa Uribe together have created a picture book that would make a great addition to any elementary library or classroom. It would make for a great read aloud for 4th & 5th grade classrooms in particular.
Mélina Mangal | https://www.melinamangal.com/
Luisa Uribe | https://luisauribe.com/
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