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Karl, Get Out of the Garden!: Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything (Hardcover)

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By Anita Sanchez, Catherine Stock (Illustrator)
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Beautiful water color paintings illustrate the story of Carolus Linnaeus, the man who grew from a boy fascinated by plants to become the person who courageously classified the natural world. Before Karl's time, names for plants and animals were very long and they changed from region to region depending on where they were found and who was doing the naming. At first Karl's classifications were seen as heretical, but in time, after his own students went out into the world spreading Karl's new ideas, people came to appreciate his enormous contribution. His work allowed scientists all over the world to communicate with one another. There is lots of detail in this well-constructed biography but it's not overwhelming, just inspiring! -- Susan (RBB Staff)

— From Karl, Get Out of the Garden


Do you know what a Solanum caule inermi herbaceo, foliis pinnatis incises, racemis simplicibus is?*

Carolus (Karl) Linnaeus started off as a curious child who loved exploring the garden. Despite his intelligence--and his mother's scoldings--he was a poor student, preferring to be outdoors with his beloved plants and bugs. As he grew up, Karl's love of nature led him to take on a seemingly impossible task: to give a scientific name to every living thing on earth. The result was the Linnaean system--the basis for the classification system used by biologists around the world today. Backyard sciences are brought to life in beautiful color.

Back matter includes more information about Linnaeus and scientific classification, a classification chart, a time line, source notes, resources for young readers, and a bibliography.

*it's a tomato

A handsome introductory book on Linnaeus and his work -- Booklist, starred review

A good introduction to a man in a class by himself -- Kirkus Reviews

Lends significant humanity to the naturalist -- Publisher's Weekly

The biographical approach to a knotty scientific subject makes this a valuable addition to STEM and biography collections -- School Library Journal

About the Author

Anita Sanchez is the author of the picture book Leaflets Three, Let it Be!: The Story of Poison Ivy (Boyds Mills), as well as botany and history books for adults. She has taught classes and given workshops on nature and history at the American Museum of Natural History, Colonial Williamsburg, Harvard Natural History Museum, and the New York State Museum. She lives in Amsterdam, New York. Catherine Stock is the illustrator of more than eighty children's books, including Emily and Carlo and Vinnie and Abraham. After traveling around the globe, she now divides her time between France and New York. From the eBook edition.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781580896061
ISBN-10: 1580896065
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Publication Date: March 21st, 2017
Pages: 48
Language: English