The curiosity of the first African American entomologist Charles Henry Turner–a scientist who studied bugs–shines in this nonfiction picture book, which showcases his ideas and discoveries about ants, bees, and other insects.
Charles Henry Turner’s mind itched with questions. Fascinated by animals, bugs, and crustaceans, Turner studied their lives. When books didn’t answer his questions, he researched, experimented, and looked for answers on his own, even when faced with racial prejudice. Author Janice Harrington and artist Theodore Taylor III capture the life of this scientist and educator, highlighting his unstoppable curiosity and his passion for insects and biology. The extensive back matter includes an author’s note, timeline, bibliography, source notes, and archival images.
★ ”A relatively unknown entomologist comes out of oblivion in this engaging picture book biography. Harrington’s text is inviting, and Turner’s enthusiasm comes through clearly… Taylor’s bright, cheerful, expertly rendered cartoon illustrations complement the text. Harrington and Taylor have rescued a worthy scientist from obscurity.” — School Library Journal, starred review
“A thorough biography of early African American scientist Charles Henry Turner… (the) extensively researched, jam-packed text intrigues and inspires with Turner’s example of discovery and hard-won, meaningful contributions to knowledge about life. A well-written tribute to a deserving champion of science.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Full-color digital illustrations and Harrington’s conversational, sometimes lyrical prose tell the story of ‘indefatigable’ African-American entomologist and zoologist Charles Henry Turner… fascinating…” — Publishers Weekly