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An imprint of
Platypus Media LLC
Sparking curiosity through reading
SCIENCE WIDE OPEN BOOK #6:
Women in Botany
This exciting science exploration
is coming soon!
Experience the dazzling world of botany! Women botanists across the globe have used tiny seeds to do huge things, like create new medicines and feed their communities.
Readers are introduced to the field of botany by the questions of a spunky girl. Her curiosity
guides an engaging, scientifically accurate conversation. Women in Botany encourages kids to
explore and use science to do amazing things!
Concepts covered in this book include:
medical uses of plants
Green Belt Movement
Coming September 2022
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-938492-56-3
Hardback ($14.99) ISBN: 978-1-938492-55-6
eBook ($11.99) ISBN: 978-1-938492-57-0
40 pages • Size: 8 x 8"
Grades: 2–5 • Ages: 7–10
Spanish edition coming March 2023
Scientists profiled include:
Dr. Janaki Ammal
Dr. Wangari Maathai
What the experts are saying:
"Just as the women of this book encouraged plants to grow, their stories will encourage young readers to grow their knowledge."
—Emily Caldwell, B.A.Sc., Production Horticulture, Olds College, Olds, Alberta
"Women in Botany warmly and appealingly imparts a wealth of knowledge about the field of botany... Along the way, we are introduced to several talented women botanists who laid the groundwork for a good many scientific discoveries to come. Women in Botany has an almost magically engaging effect on young readers."
—Tillywig Toy and Game Awards
"Children are natural scientists, always asking great questions. This gorgeous book encourages their curiosity and tells some of the forgotten stories of respected women leaders in botany."
—Dawn Bazely, B.Sc. (Biogeography), M.Sc. (Botany), D.Phil. (Zoology), Professor, York University, Toronto, Ontario
About the Author
Mary Wissinger was born in Wisconsin where she spent most of her childhood singing, reading, and daydreaming. She dove into storytelling through acting, singing, and writing (and writing and writing!). A former teacher, she can now be found at her standing desk in St. Louis, MO, writing stories that inspire curiosity about the world and connection with others. She is the author of the entire Science Wide Open Series: Women in Biology, Women in Chemistry, and Women in Physics. To learn more about Mary, you can check out her website, MaryWissinger.com.
& the Illustrator
Danielle Pioli is an artist and illustrator whose mission is to inspire others to create. The idea of creating a whole universe from her mind to paper is what made her fall in love with art and storytelling. As a child, she was drawn to magic—what she calls Quantum Physics now. She creates art, illustrations, comics, zines, poems, songs, and hypnotherapy sessions. She is the illustrator of the entire Science Wide Open Series. For more information on Danielle’s work, you can visit her website at DaniellePioli.com.