Buzzing with Questions [hc]
The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner
Written by Janice N. Harrington & illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
The curiosity of the first African American entomologist Charles Henry Turner- a scientist who studied bugs- shines in this nonfiction picture book, which showcases his ideas and discoveries about ants, bees, and other insects.
Charles Henry Turner’s mind itched with questions. Fascinated by animals, bugs, and crustaceans, Turner studied their lives. When books didn’t answer his questions, he researched, experimented, and looked for answers on his own, even when faced with racial prejudice. This author and artist team perfectly capture the life of this scientist and educator through text and illustrations, highlighting his unstoppable curiosity and his passion for insects and biology. The extensive back matter includes an author’s note, timeline, bibliography, source notes, and archival images. 48 pages
Cincinnati connection: Charles Henry Turner was born and raised in Cincinnati. He was awarded B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Cincinnati, becoming the first African American to receive a graduate degree at that university. Learn more through the website of UC's College of Arts and Sciences.
"A relatively unknown entomologist comes out of oblivion in this engaging picture book biography. Harrington’s text is inviting, and Turner’s enthusiasm comes through clearly... Taylor’s bright, cheerful, expertly rendered cartoon illustrations complement the text. Harrington and Taylor have rescued a worthy scientist from obscurity." -School Library Journal, Starred Review (Grades 2-5)
“A thorough biography of early African American scientist Charles Henry Turner… (the) extensively researched, jam-packed text intrigues and inspires with Turner’s example of discovery and hard-won, meaningful contributions to knowledge about life. A well-written tribute to a deserving champion of science.” -Kirkus Reviews (Ages 7-10)
November 5, 2019
AR Level=5.4; Lexile Level=1010