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Jeannine Atkins. Illustrated by Paula Connor. This book tells the stories of women who devoted themselves to understanding and protecting nature: Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring; Jane Goodall, who devoted her life to the study of chimpanzees; Maria Sibylla Merian, who in 1699 sailed from Europe to South America to study and paint insects; Anna Comstock, the first woman professor at Cornell University; Frances Hammerstrom, who left a modeling career to study wildlife on the prairies; Miriam Rothschild, who grew up in a mansion but let it grow wild with the weeds that butterflies prefer. Ages 10-16. 63 pages.