Meg Lowman was determined to investigate the marvelous, undiscovered world of the rainforest treetops. Meg's perseverance and creativity allowed her to achieve this goal, but when this fantastic ecosystem started to disappear, Meg needed to act quickly.
Heather Lang loves to write about real women who overcame extraordinary obstacles and never gave up on their dreams. Her award-winning picture book biographies include Fearless Flyer- Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine. Jana Christy currently lives in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. She is the illustrator of various titles, including I'm the Big One Now!- Poems about Growing Up. Visit janachristy.wixsite.com/illustrations.
"Lang's text is rich with metaphor and personification...[and] Jana
Christy's stunning illustrations of the rainforest foliage are
appropriately lush and vibrant, brimming with cool-toned greens and
blues. This is artwork you'll want to fall into face-first. The
book's back matter is as excellent as the primary narrative. It
includes a lengthy author's note, a hefty bibliography and a
vertical spread that illustrates the layers of a rainforest, which
is worth the cost of admission all by itself. The Leaf
Detective is a wonderful introduction to a scientist who
discovered her life's passion by looking up." -BookPage
"A nice addition to any rainforest or biography unit, this straightforward selection provides an inspiring portrayal and focuses on Lowman's inventiveness and dedication through engaging, poetic text augmented by original quotes. Christy's striking illustrations use leafy patterns and repetition of vignettes to underscore the White woman's enthusiasm and determination... an exciting tale of exploration and adventure that will capture the attention of budding scientists and environmentalists alike. An intricate and satisfying portrait of a dedicated woman scientist, innovator, and activist." -Kirkus Reviews
"Lang's well-balanced coverage shares with audiences the vigor and daring that boosted Lowman into the canopy...and the global activism that now leads her to propose and develop sustainable commercial uses for protected rainforests. Christy's digital artwork allows Lowman's golden-haired figure to shine among the sun-dappled shade of the canopy and hints strongly at the vertiginous walkways and platforms Lowman calls workplace." -Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
"This picture book, equal parts biography of Margaret 'Meg' Lowman and informational text about the rainforest, is pure joy. It's informative, interesting, and provides an account of a real woman who never gave up on her dreams in the face of significant obstacles." -School Library Connection
"Any class of any age that explores nature, the rainforest specifically, and women at work should use this." -Kiss the Book