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Karl, Get Out of the Garden!

Karl, Get Out of the Garden!
Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything

  • 1799


Coming March 21, 2017. Pre-order now!

By: Anita Sanchez / Illustrated by: Catherine Stock

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

Carolus (Karl) Linnaeus was 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 and Linnaeus and scientific classification, a classification chart, a time line, source notes, resources for young readers, and a bibliography.

*It's a tomato.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Anita Sanchez, author

Anita Sanchez is the author of the picture book Leaflets Three, Let It Be!: The Story of Poison Ivy (Boyds Mill), 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.

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Catherine Stock, illustrator

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.

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Kirkus Reviews

An inveterate nature lover classifies plants and animals—and changes the world of science forever. Even as a tiny child in 18th-century Sweden, Karl Linne adored spending time in his family's garden. As he grew, he examined plants and bugs for hours while avoiding the stuffy confines of the schoolroom. As a medical student learning to use his beloved plants as remedies, he realized how chaotic "scientific" nomenclature really was at the time: no one agreed on specific names for plants and animals, nor was there even much general consensus about what type of living thing was what. Determined to bring order to the madness, Linne set out to classify the world's known plants and animals by giving each a "clear and simple name"—hardly an easy task given the vast diversity of living things. Yet classify life forms Linne did, in his usual painstaking way. Later in life, as a revered scientist, he "classified" even himself by adopting the—what else?—Latin name "Carolus Linnaeus," the name by which he is still known to this day. This is an interesting, clearly written, and accessible biography about a major yet lesser-known figure who revolutionized scientific thought. The charming pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are bright and cheerful and work well with the narrative. A good introduction to a man in a class by himself.

Publishers Weekly

Even as a baby in Sweden, Karl Linné (later Carolus Linnaeus) was drawn to bugs and plants; as he grew older, the system of nomenclature he's known for came about because of practical reasons: "He studied hard and soon began using his beloved plants to cure people's ailments. There was just one problem. Which plant was which?.... Some plants had thirty or forty different names!" Stock (Emily and Carlo) works in scraggly pen, ink, and watercolor, befitting the mood of Linnaeus's "exciting, rowdy field trips into the woods and meadows—expeditions with hundreds of students, lasting from morning till night." Sanchez (Leaflets Three, Let it Be!) lends significant humanity to the naturalist, whose scientific contributions are now so familiar, they are easy to take for granted.

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Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-58089-606-1

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ISBN: 978-1-60734-832-0 EPUB
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Ages: 7-10
Page count: 48
10 x 8

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Informational. Grade 3. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Informational. Grade 4. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10

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