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Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter

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Back in 1881, when Evelyn Cheesman was born, English girls were expected to be clean and dressed in frilly dresses. But Evelyn crawled in dirt and collected glow worms in jars. When girls grew up they were expected to marry and look after children. But Evelyn took charge of the London Zoo insect house, filling it with crawling and fluttering specimens and breathing life ba ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Innovation Press
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Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of Lucy Evelyn Cheesman, but her story is fascinating. I think it helps that the author is a fellow female entomologist.
Ben Truong
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter is a children's picture book written by Christine Evans and illustrated by Yasmin Imamura. It is a biographical picture-book of an Englishwoman Evelyn Cheesman, which emphasizes her perseverance in a man’s world during a particularly male-oriented era.

March, at least in my part of the world is Women's History Month, which I plan to read one children's book, particularly a biography, which pertains to the subject
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Born in 1881, Evelyn Cheesman did not conform to the expectations set for little girls. She loved to go on bug hunts and play outside. As she grew up, she hoped to become a veterinarian but women at the time did not attend college much less become vets. So Evelyn became a canine nurse. Evelyn heard about an opportunity at the London Zoo to run their insect house. She leaped at the opportunity, though no woman had ever done it before. She took their dilapidated and neglected insect house and crea ...more
Heather Kinser
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
EVELYN THE ADVENTUROUS ENTOMOLOGIST is a picture book with fun forward momentum for budding scientists. On each page, young readers will feel Evelyn Cheesman’s drive and curiosity pushing her story into uncharted territory. Kids will be keen to shout the refrain, “Evelyn went anyway!” Author Christine Evans seamlessly describes the story’s historical setting and a woman’s role (or lack thereof) in scientific fields at the time. So by the time we see the intrepid Evelyn Cheesman seizing an opport ...more
Kristi Wright
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this picture book. It introduced me to someone I'd never heard of but am now fascinated by. It had a wonderfully engaging style of narration and illustrations with a super empowering phrase that is repeated throughout: "But Evelyn went anyway." I loved how that was used as a repetition to drive home her adventurous spirit. Kids really respond to it and it becomes a chorus that everyone looks forward to saying. There were vignettes throughout that had me on the edge of my seat. ...more
Maria Marshall
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While the book spans much of Evelyn's life, it's not quite a birth to death biography. Instead it's an excellent glimpse into the motivations and endurance of an amazing woman who bucked society's norms and expectations to follow her heart and her dreams.
The explores how Evelyn endured and persisted, discovering and collecting insects for over thirty years. The bold, deeply colored illustrations enhance the remote, wild feeling of the tropics and highlight Evelyn's love for insects. And they are
Sandy Brehl
From earliest childhood evenly ignored/defied conventional expectation, going her own way. That repetitive phrase, that Evelyn "went her own way" is the thread that pulls readers through a life and times when gender was a disqualified for the paths Evelyn chose. She never stopped working her way toward a life well-lived, despite those barriers, and eventually her love of animals focused in on the insect world. Her eventual career led her around the world and to a groundbreaking career, earning s ...more
Meera Sriram
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a little nature-loving girl's lifelong passion and persistence to explore and transcend, even it meant breaking rules, paving the way, or climbing mountains. Evelyn opened up a new world for herself and stayed in there discovering, studying, and recording the lives of insects all over the world. The wonderful back matter that includes an entomologist-interview and more on Evelyn is informative and inspiring. The illustrations are bright with generous splashes of woodsy browns ...more
Julie Abery
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating read! I love picture book bios and this one is stunning! Christine Evans beautifully written biography of Evelyn Cheesman's story was a new one to me, but what an interesting and full life she led. Born into a Victorian family, she was not encouraged to bug hunt, get dirty and explore forests - "But Evelyn went anyway" following her heart, being adventurous, and dreaming about places "beyond her small world" throughout her life. Yasmin Imamura uses wonderful soft color hues to ...more
Shannon Stocker
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"But Evelyn went anyway." This is a powerful story about a brave, intelligent woman who bucked all trends and lived a life that no one thought a woman could (or should) live. Time and again, this remarkable woman went where she wanted and studied what interested her, despite growing up in a time when women were expected to stay at home. She made a difference to this planet, and every child will be better for knowing her story. Colorful illustrations perfectly capture Evelyn's colorful spirit. Hi ...more
Danielle Dufayet
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Evelyn follows her passion even when it isn't in fashion. Christine's clever use of repetition (she went anyway) reinforces the message: go for it! This book is so inspiring and interesting too. I, personally, can't relate to being a "love bug" like Evelyn so it was fascinating for me to read about someone so in love with insects. On a more subtle note, I loved the turn of events when Evelyn was notified of an opening at the London Zoo's Insect House -what stroke of luck...or j ...more
Natalee Creech
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are so many fantastic picture book biographies these days, and here is another you don’t want to miss! Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist gives us a peek into the life of Lucy Evelyn Cheesman and how she became an entomologist, though she wanted to become a vet. One of the takeaways is to “go anyway” and say yes to adventures and opportunity. Saying yes to an opportunity may lead you to falling in love with something else! This book is beautifully written and includes an interview with a ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was provided this book at no cost in exchange for an honest review, but I chose this book for my bug loving daughter. This book did not disappoint. Through Evelyn Cheesman's life in a time when girls were meant to behave in a proper manner, it encourages doing exactly what is in your heart no matter what other people say or think. The fact that she was an entomologist is a plus when you have another young, bug-lover.
Jolene Gutiérrez
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evelyn is an inspiration! As she was growing up, she loved bugs and animals and decided she wanted to be a veterinarian. In the early 1900s, women weren't allowed to become veterinarians, though, but Evelyn took a job in the insect house at the zoo and learned that she loved insects! For decades, she traveled to different countries, exploring and finding new types of bugs. A wonderful story of perseverance, determination, and grit--when Evelyn set her mind to do something, she did it!
Sophia Gholz
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"But Evelyn went anyway..."
Evelyn The Adventurous Entomologist is a wonderful picture book biography chock-full of excitement and girl-power. Author Christine Evans introduces us to Evelyn Cheesman, one of the first female entomologists. Children will delight in Evelyn's adventurous spirit and life, while marveling at Yasmin Imamura's beautiful illustrations. Added bonus: don't skip out on the info-packed back matter! This book is a must-have for all classrooms and libraries.
Gayle Krause
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not a non-fiction girl, but Christine Evan’s story about Evelyn Chessman had me intrigued. It clearly depicts a Victorian woman following her passion and pursuing a career meant only for men. (at that time).

And we talk about women’s persistence today, but Evelyn showed that characteristic long ago (she went anyway). When my niece was a little girl she loved ants. She said they were her friends. Had this book been around twenty-five years ago, my niece might have become an entomologist.
This is a lovely picture book biography of Evelyn, entomologist, who studies bugs and insects all over the world when women weren't really supposed to be doing things like traveling, studying let alone looking at bugs in mountains, islands, and in rough terrain.
Love this very interesting telling of a very interesting, nature loving, travel hungry lady.
Miss Sarah
An elementary and up picture book biogrpahy of Evelyn Chessman who worked hard against the trends the of the time to become and entomologist who studies insects and complete many trips looking for insects around the world whicg she then displayed in the Britsh museum she worked at.
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the gorgeous illustrations to the fun, lyrical text, everything about this book on the amazing life of Evelyn Cheesman by Christine Evans is enticing and empowering, particularly for girls who may still hear a lot of “you can’t do that” these days. The beautiful end-paper adds an extra treat!
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely fell in love with the beautiful illustrations (those end papers!) and lovely writing in this biography about a woman who followed her passion and broke barriers. Great read-aloud with a fun refrain!
Laura Roettiger
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book about a previously unknown to me entomologist who broke the gender barrier. The woman is an inspiration, but the book is also amazing! A perfect classroom read aloud to combine STEM and a fascinating life story. Lyrically written with beautiful illustrations.
A nice picture book biography about an interesting woman who didn't let the norms of the day dictate what she did with her life.
What an inspiring scientist!
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and inspiring.
Lauren Kerstein
This is a wonderful book about a strong, determined, brilliant woman. This book will inspire children to "go anyway."
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic picture book biography, perfect for my tomboy daughter. Evelyn Cheesman's life is an inspiring story of persistence, science, and adventure. A good read-aloud with lovely illustrations.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes! This is another great picture book biography. How could I have lived without knowing about Evelyn Cheesman. Amazing woman. I am so glad I picked this one up.
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