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African American Scientist Ernest Everett Just Featured in The Vast Wonder of the World, a New Picture Book Biography from Millbrook Press

November 29, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 29, 2018--Enjoy an exceptional new picture book that follows the life of influential scientist Ernest Everett Just from Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishing Group. Written by Mélina Mangal and illustrated by Luisa Uribe, spotlights Just’s important contributions to developmental biology, as well as his love of poetry and the natural world.

Mangal and Uribe immerse readers in the life of scientist Ernest Everett Just, from his childhood to his research at Howard University and in Europe. Unlike other scientists of the early 20 th century, Just carefully handled specimens and thoroughly cleaned equipment to prevent contamination. Through keen observation of sea creatures, he discovered new insights on the origins of life, all while facing discrimination and limitations imposed on him as an African American. He persisted and won the first NAACP Spingarn Medal in 1915 for his findings on the egg’s active role in fertilization.

Stunning illustrations coupled with informative and lyrical prose will captivate young readers as they learn more about this little-known yet influential scientist.

Advance Praise for The Vast Wonder of the World: “A must-purchase picture book biography of a figure sure to inspire awe and admiration among readers.”—starred, School Library Journal

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About the Publisher Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, publishes award-winning informative picture books, illustrated nonfiction series, and inspiring photo-driven titles for grades K–5 including Sea Otter Heroes a 2018 Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book. Readers of all ages will easily identify with the delightful cast of people and animals featured in these charming stories. With simple text and supportive illustrations, these books are just right for read-alouds, new readers, reluctant readers, and literacy programs.

The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just November 2018 $19.99 Hardcover, Jacketed eBook Also Available Ages 6–10 LB: 978-1-5124-8375-8 40 Pages ● 9 1/4 x 11

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