The True Cinderella Story of Caroline Herschel, the First Professional Woman Astronomer
About the Book
Once upon a time there lived a girl who swept floors and washed dishes and was little more than a servant to her family. Until, one day, an invitation arrived.
It was an invitation to a new country and a new beginning — a place where Caroline Herschel’s dreams, her fascination with the night sky, and her extraordinary talent would open up a world of astronomical discoveries and make her the belle of the scientific ball. In this empowering, true Cinderella story, Caroline Herschel must escape a humble life of drudgery, and with the magic of science, create her own fairy-tale ending.
“This captivating, well-written biographical picture book spotlight a brilliant, persevering woman who found her true calling in the skies … an important historical personality receives deserved attention in this fine account.”
“Turner’s well-researched text gives readers insights into eighteenth-century European society as well as the history of astronomy and the personal challenges faced by Caroline Herschel … This picture-book biography presents a short, vivid account of Caroline Herschel’s notable life, with additional information and insights in the back matter.”
“German-born female astronomer Caroline Herschel (1750–1848) becomes a Cinderella-like heroine in Turner’s quotation-filled text … Mildenberger’s smudgy full-bleed paintings lean on shadowy hues for dreamy nighttime vistas in which Herschel shines as a figure of resilience — and brilliance. The creative team compels with this portrayal of empowerment through vocation.”