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
Even as a baby in Sweden, Karl Linn (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. Ages 7 10. Author's agent: Regina Ryan, Regina Ryan Books.