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Look Up! Henrietta Leavitt Pioneering Woman Astronomer

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by Robert Burleigh (Author), Raul Colon (Illustrator)

When there is a will..

Little Henrietta Leavitt loved to gaze up at the stars. Night after night, she would sit on her porch and wonder “How high is the sky?” Its vastness, its wonderful bigness fascinated her. She wanted to know everything about the sky.

So when she grew up, she decided to study Astronomy. Most of her classmates and teachers were male. But this didn’t bother Henrietta. She wanted to follow what she loved. 

After Henrietta graduated, she found a job working in an observatory. The observatory was the place where people came to study stars. But Henrietta’s job was to work alongside other women in a small room for long hours recording and measuring and calculating. Their job was to work, not think. But Henrietta had other ideas. 

Each day, after her regular work, Henrietta peered through her magnifying glass at the tiny star dots on the photographs taken. What did she see? What were the stars saying?

Look Up Henreitta Leavitt Looking

Henrietta quickly learned new words, read about great astronomers such as Galileo and Copernicus. She looked at the stars for many long hours. She could still see them when she closed her eyes!

Look Up Henreitta Leavitt Eyes Closed

Day after day after day she looked and looked and looked. Until slowly she started to see something different between those tiny star dots. She found that some very bright stars blinked more slowly than the less bright stars! What could this mean? So she started making a careful chart. Patiently she kept working, checking and observing until she was sure that she had found a pattern!

And when she laid out her ideas and theories to the head astronomer, he was amazed! “Yes, I am an astronomer!” she thought to herself. It was indeed a breakthrough!

Look Up Henreitta Leavitt Astronomer

This is the amazing true story of the life and work of Henrietta Leavitt. In the age where women were expected to “work, not think” Henrietta in her quite confident manner, found a way to work as an astronomer would. Her breakthrough lead to some spectacular discoveries such as measuring distances beyond our Milky Way galaxy!

Through soft, warm and glowing illustrations, the author/ illustrator duo does an excellent job of capturing the beauty of the sky as well as gentle character of Henrietta. This lovely picture book is a great read for any girl or boy who feels challenged or limited in what they seek out to do.

This is an excellent picture book biography for inspiring young minds!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


29 comments

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  1. This is a great book – I’m glad you posted a review.

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  2. The illustration is lovely and the story looks great. Thanks for the review.

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    • reshamad

      Its a great read with a wonderful biography and lovely pictures. Thanks for stopping by Rosi.
      -Reshama

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  3. Those illustrations are stunning!

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    • reshamad

      Hope you get to give it a read Bruce. Its a lovely book.
      -Reshama

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  4. Inspirational, I just loved reading Henrietta’s journey. Some days, I feel like I will never keep up with the stunningly awesome books you bring to this hop. Hangs head in shame…. Thanks so much for joining us again Reshama, keep them coming.

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    • reshamad

      Julie! You say the nicest things Thanks for your kind comments. I get all my recommendations from bloggers and kidlit lovers like you!
      -Reshama

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  5. ccarpinello

    Thanks for sharing this. Look Up! is new to me and definitely interesting. This makes two women this week I’ve learned about. The other was the first woman doctor in Ancient Egypt. Cheryl, Hop Hostess

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    • reshamad

      Ah! I would love to read the other one.. do let me know what the name of the book is Cheryl. Sounds interesting!
      -Reshama

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  6. Oh gosh, this just looks so lovely.. those illustrations are gorgeous. And the story line is fascinating. I love astronomy AND I love women pioneers. Not to mention the name “Henrietta” (It was my grandmom’s name, and now my daughter’s name). Thank you so much for sharing this on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    Although I am a bit jealous of how beautifully worded your review is!

    -Your fellow hostess

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    • reshamad

      Oh wow! That was a lovely coincidence! I am SO glad I shared this book on the hop! Thanks for stopping by Destiny.
      -Reshama

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      • Just wanted to let you know that this review ended up on my January round-up. In fact, it was the first one I thought of when I sat down to put the post together.

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        • reshamad

          Destiny! Thanks for the lovely compliment! you just made my day
          -Reshama

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  7. This was very inspirational. I loved it so much that I have Tweeted about it and pinned it on my Books Worth Reading board. I found your link through Booknifecent Thursdays.

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    • reshamad

      Christina thats so sweet of you. Thanks for the tweet. I hope you get to read it soon. Its a lovely dedication to a wonderful astronomer!
      -Reshama

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  8. stanleyandkatrina

    I love this so much and I can’t wait to read it. Thank you for sharing it with us and for hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop.
    ~Christine M./Cool Mom

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for swinging by Stanley and Katrina! I do hope you get to read it!
      -Reshama

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  9. bargerj

    Wonderful subject and illustrations! Great for biographies and character traits. Thank you for sharing!

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    • reshamad

      Its very nicely done Jeff. I think its ideal for 2nd graders as it does cover some aspect of her discoveries. Makes for an interesting discussion around Stars and distances/measurements.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      -Reshama

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  10. These are beautiful illustrations and an important topic. I bet both of my kids would enjoy this!

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    • reshamad

      I do hope they do. Its a lovely biography and very encouraging. Lots of talking points for parents too, if you consider reading it with them. Thanks for stopping by!
      -Reshama

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  11. What an inspiring story! And I agree with the other comments, the illustrations are truly stunning. Thanks for sharing!

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    • reshamad

      Katie! thanks for reading my review. I am glad you liked this one.
      -Reshama

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  12. Oh, I love it! Her story is so perfect for young girls who dream to be something other than the traditional roles assigned to women. And those illustrations are amazing! Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop and for hosting once again!

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    • reshamad

      Exactly Renee! That is the one reason I love reading biographies. Wish I had access to these while I was growing up Oh well! its never too late
      -Reshama

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  13. I love those illustrations too! They remind me some European painting style. Thank you for sharing it on Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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    • reshamad

      That is so true, I did not notice that Lina. Thanks for stopping by,
      -Reshama

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  14. Thanks for joining us at the KLBH once again! I’m extremely late in my hopping this time. Forgive me, and see you again in the Linky next week!

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