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Book - The Bug Girl: A True Story

Penguin Random House

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7-year-old Sophia Spencer was bullied for loving bugs until hundreds of women scientists rallied around her. Now Sophie tells her inspiring story in this picture book that celebrates women in science, bugs of all kinds and the importance of staying true to yourself.

Sophia Spencer has loved bugs ever since a butterfly landed on her shoulder--and wouldn't leave!--at a butterfly conservancy when she was only two-and-a-half years old. In preschool and kindergarten, Sophia was thrilled to share what she knew about grasshoppers (her very favorite insects), as well as ants and fireflies . . . but by first grade, not everyone shared her enthusiasm. Some students bullied her, and Sophia stopped talking about bugs altogether. When Sophia's mother wrote to an entomological society looking for a bug scientist to be a pen pal for her daughter, she and Sophie were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response--letters, photos and videos came flooding in. Using the hashtag BugsR4Girls, scientists tweeted hundreds of times to tell Sophia to keep up her interest in bugs--and it worked!

About the author (2020):
In addition to being passionate about bugs and all living creatures, SOPHIA SPENCER loves climbing trees and exploring the world of math and science. She lives in Sarnia, Ontario, and is in the 4th grade. The Magic Tree House series are currently her favorite books.

Bibliographic information
Title: The Bug Girl: A True Story
Authors: Sophia Spencer, Margaret McNamara
Illustrated by: KERASCOET
Publisher: Tundra, 2020
Length 44 pages


Collections: Children/Baby - Books

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