In honor of Chemistry Week, I recommend reading this fabulous picture book about Tu Youyou, a pharmaceutical chemist and malariologist and first Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize:
Talk about persistence paying off! That’s Tu Youyou in a nutshell. Songju Ma Daemicke’s book tells the story of how Tu Youyou experimented and experimented and experimented until she finally found success! She persevered through gender barriers (most girls in 1930s China did not go to school), biases against traditional Chinese traditional medicine (the Cultural Revolution that began in the late 1960s did not support traditional Chinese or Western cultures), and hundreds of failed experiments, to finally discover a treatment for malaria. This book shares the true story of an important woman in history in a child-friendly way while conveying themes of perseverance, persistence, belief, and altruism. Lin’s bright and expressive illustrations compliment the text beautifully. Great read!
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.