Rosalind Looked Closer: An Unsung Hero of Molecular Science by Lisa Gerin and Chiara Fedele
Rosalind Looked Closer: An Unsung Hero of Molecular Science tells the story of the amazing Jewish scientist Rosalind Franklin who took hundreds of pictures of DNA in the 1950s. Her best picture, called Photo 51, showed DNA to be shaped as a double helix. She was one of the few female scientists using a new technique, X Ray crystallography.
Chiara Fedele’s illustrations are beautiful and so creative. She brings warmth and life to a lady scientist that not too many children and even adults know about. I love the muted color pallet Chiara used. She captured the heart of my story and then some. I cried when I first saw her gorgeous spreads of Rosalind as a child and adult.
School libraries are the heart of a school. They are not just a place to sign out books, but maker spaces, tech hubs. I grew up on libraries; my first job as a teen was at a public library and I loved working with kids as an elementary librarian. My elementary school librarian at P.S. 184 in Queens, fostered a love for books in me from first grade on.
Mr. Schu, you should have asked me… Why is Rosalind’s story so important right now?
Although Rosalind Franklin was known for her work in discovering DNA’s double helix shape, she also researched RNA, DNA’s cousin. She looked at the RNA in different plants and saw how viruses in these plants mimicked human viruses, such as polio. So her scientific studies from the 1950s help today’s researchers of the CORONA 19 virus. And I think her story will especially inspire today’s girls who are interested in STEM careers.
Lisa Gerin is a former elementary librarian and high school teacher with a Masters' degree in Education. She had a satisfying career working with children, teaching reading and writing for grades PreK through 12. Lisa now writes nonfiction picture books. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, but was raised in New York City. Lisa loves animals and nature, especially her rescue kittens, Thor and Cleo. Rosalind Looked Closer is her debut picture book.