The vast wonder of the world : biologist Ernest Everett Just

by Mangal, Mélina,

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Ernest Everett Just was not like other scientists of his time. He saw the whole, where others saw only parts. He noticed details others failed to see. He persisted in his research despite the discrimination and limitations imposed on him as an African American. His keen observations of sea creatures revealed new insights about egg cells and the origins of life.

Through stunning illustrations and lyrical prose, this picture book presents the life and accomplishments of this long overlooked scientific pioneer.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This picture-book biography opens in 1911 with scientist Ernest Just collecting and studying marine worms, and then backtracks about 20 years to show him as an African American boy growing up near Charleston, South Carolina, and exploring the shore where the river met the ocean. His single mother sent him north to prep school, and after graduating from Dartmouth, he became a biology professor at Howard University and gained an international reputation through his publications on marine invertebrates and egg cells. Weary of the racial discrimination that limited his opportunities in America, he later continued his research in France and Germany. In the book's lengthy, appended notes for older readers, Mangal provides a more detailed, fascinating account of the scientist's life and work. While the main picture-book text is somewhat disjointed, it highlights experiences that children will relate to and acknowledges racial prejudice as a barrier that became intolerable to Just. The digital illustrations create distinctive period settings, while reflecting the story's sometimes lyrical tone. A picture book introducing an American scientist who should be more widely known.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "School librarian and biographer Mangal (Anne Hutchinson: Religious Reformer) highlights Ernest Everett Just, a little-known African-American scientist from the turn of the 20th century who unlocked the mysteries of "how the different parts of the cell worked together as new life developed." Childhood hardships of disease and family deaths didn't discourage Just from pursuing his passions; curiosity and a strong work ethic propelled him to success as a professor, embryologist, and cytologist, even in the midst of jim crow segregation laws. Just attended a school his mother created in South Carolina, and he paid his way through Dartmouth College while supporting his siblings after she passed away. In muted blue hues, pencil and digital scenes by Uribe (The Queen and the First Christmas Tree) depict the undeterred scientist, surrounded by tools of his craft, teaching at Howard University and working abroad: "Ernest worked in Europe as often and as long as he could, enjoying more warmth and respect than he'd ever felt in America." Quotes from Just, as well as creators' notes, a timeline, and source notes, wrap up this vivid, inspiring tribute to a noteworthy life. Ages 8-9. Illustrator's agent: Alli Brydon, Bright USA. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Just, Ernest Everett, -- 1883-1941 -- Juvenile literature.
Just, Ernest Everett, -- 1883-1941.
African American biologists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Biologists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American scientists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Scientists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American biologists.
African American scientists.
African Americans -- Biography.
United States.
Juvenile works.
Publisher Minneapolis :[2018]
Other Titles Life of scientist Ernest Everett Just
Contributors Uribe, Luisa, illustrator.
Language English
Description [38] unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781512483758
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