The Lady and the Octopus

How Jeanne Villepreux-Power Invented Aquariums and Revolutionized Marine Biology

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Pub Date 04 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2022
Lerner Publishing Group, Carolrhoda Books ®

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Jeanne Villepreux-Power was never expected to be a scientist. Born in 1794 in a French village more than 100 miles from the ocean, she pursued an improbable path that brought her to the island of Sicily. There, she took up natural history and solved the two-thousand-year-old mystery of how of the argonaut octopus gets its shell.
In an era when most research focused on dead specimens, Jeanne was determined to experiment on living animals. And to keep sea creatures alive for her studies, she had to invent a contraption to hold them—the aquarium. Her remarkable life story is told by author, marine biologist, and octopus enthusiast Danna Staaf.

Jeanne Villepreux-Power was never expected to be a scientist. Born in 1794 in a French village more than 100 miles from the ocean, she pursued an improbable path that brought her to the island of...


Advance Praise

"This book bursts with the passion and enthusiasm of its subject with lively, engaging, and at times humorous text. Fascinating from beginning to end!"—Joyce Sidman, author of The Girl Who Drew Butterflies, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal


"This story of one woman's pluck, determination, and scientific insight is a riveting read for anyone of any age!"—Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus, a National Book Award finalist

"This book bursts with the passion and enthusiasm of its subject with lively, engaging, and at times humorous text. Fascinating from beginning to end!"—Joyce Sidman, author of The Girl Who Drew...


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I love the organization of this book. Kids can have short attention spans, so I like that this offers information in short sections. I also like the vivid colors and photographs. There's a diagram of an argonaut, which follows the montessori method of learning about animals.

It's also nice that it has lots of historical fact to tie in more information for the period. I think this is a great book for kids that is both fun and educational. I will definitely be purchasing a hard copy to add to my daughter's homeschool library.

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