Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter

Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter


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Back in 1881, when Evelyn Cheesman was born, English girls were expected to be clean and dressed in frilly dresses. But Evelyn crawled in dirt and collected glow worms in jars. When girls grew up they were expected to marry and look after children. But Evelyn took charge of the London Zoo insect house, filling it with crawling and fluttering specimens and breathing life back into the dusty exhibits. In the early 1920s, women were expected to stay home, but Evelyn embarked on eight solo expeditions to distant islands. She collected over 70,000 insect specimens, discovered new species, had tangles with sticky spider webs, and tumbled from a cliff. Inspire children to believe in their dreams and blaze their own trail with the story of Evelyn's amazing life!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943147663
Publisher: The Innovation Press
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 1,147,236
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Christine Evans is a British author living in California with her husband and daughters. Her work has been featured in Highlights and High Five magazines. Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist is Evans' first picture book.

Yasmin Imamura has illustrated and designed products for Anthropologie, Papyrus, Sanrio, and more. Her greeting card company, Quill & Fox, includes an in-studio shop of her hand-painted cards that are sold worldwide. Imamura grew up in Manila, Philippines and now lives in Portland, Oregon. Find more of her work at YasImamura.com.

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Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
McMarshall 10 days ago
While the book spans much of Evelyn's life, it's not quite a birth to death biography. Instead it's an excellent glimpse into the motivations and endurance of an amazing woman who bucked society's norms and expectations to follow her heart and her dreams. The explores how Evelyn endured and persisted, discovering and collecting insects for over thirty years. The bold, deeply colored illustrations enhance the remote, wild feeling of the tropics and highlight Evelyn's love for insects. And they are sure to spark discussions about the history of women's rights and colonialism. An interview with a modern entomologist and Evelyn's biography round out this book. It is a great addition to STEM biography collections and will hopefully encourage everyone to pursue their dreams.
daniwriter 14 days ago
I love this book! Evelyn follows her passion even when it isn't in fashion. Christine's clever use of repetition (she went anyway) reinforces the message: go for it! This book is so inspiring and interesting too. I, personally, can't relate to being a "love bug" like Evelyn, so it was fascinating for me to read about someone so in love with insects. On a more subtle note, I loved the turn of events when Evelyn was notified of an opening at the London Zoo's Insect House -what stroke of luck...or just plain destiny!
Shannon Stocker 17 days ago
"But Evelyn went anyway." This is a powerful story about a brave, intelligent woman who bucked all trends and lived a life that no one thought a woman could (or should) live. Time and again, this remarkable woman went where she wanted and studied what interested her, despite growing up in a time when women were expected to stay at home. She made a difference to this planet, and every child will be better for knowing her story. Colorful illustrations perfectly capture Evelyn's colorful spirit. Highly recommend.
NatC 18 days ago
There are so many fantastic picture book biographies these days, and here is another you don’t want to miss! Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist gives us a peek into the life of Lucy Evelyn Cheesman and how she became an entomologist, though she wanted to become a vet. One of the takeaways is to “go anyway” and say yes to adventures and opportunity. Saying yes to an opportunity may lead you to falling in love with something else! This book is beautifully written and includes an interview with a modern-day entomologist, as well as additional backmatter about Evelyn Cheesman.
Gayle Krause 19 days ago
I am not a non-fiction girl, but Christine Evan’s story about Evelyn Chessman had me intrigued. It clearly depicts a Victorian woman following her passion and pursuing a career meant only for men. (at that time). And we talk about women’s persistence today, but Evelyn showed that characteristic long ago (she went anyway). When my niece was a little girl she loved ants. She said they were her friends. Had this book been around twenty-five years ago, my niece might have become an entomologist.