Book review: Karl, Get Out of the Garden! Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything, by Anita Sanchez, illustrated by Catherine Stock

Sanchez, Anita. Karl, Get Out of the Garden! Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything. Illus. by Catherine Stock. Charlesbridge, 2017. 48p. $17.99. ISBN 978-1-58089-606-1. Ages 7-10. P6Q7

The man who gave scientific names to all living things was once named Karl Linné, but he gave even himself a “scientific” name. As a child in Sweden, he loved nature but was a poor student, resulting in many scoldings from his mother. Yet the Linnaean system is the classification basis used by biologists around the world because of its standardization. Blotchy pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations show Linnaeus growing up and in the field, as he works to develop the classification chart included in the notes at the back along with a timeline, beginning with his birth in 1707.

Verdict: An accessible introduction about a lesser-known man who helped create order out of the natural world offers some hope to today’s “poor students.” End papers also show some of his drawings in sepia.

April 2017 review by Nel Ward.

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