Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story

This picture book biography examines the life and career of naturalist and artist Anna Comstock (1854-1930), who defied social conventions and pursued the study of science. From the time she was a young girl, Anna Comstock was fascinated by the natural world. She loved exploring outdoors, examining wildlife and learning nature’s secrets. From watching the teamwork of marching ants to following the constellations in the sky, Anna observed it all. And her interest only increased as she grew older and went to college at Cornell University. There she continued her studies, pushing back against those social conventions that implied science was a man’s pursuit. Eventually Anna became known as a nature expert, pioneering a movement to encourage schools to conduct science and nature classes for children outdoors, thereby increasing students’ interest in nature. In following her passion, this remarkable woman blazed a trail for female scientists today.

Out of School and Into Nature

I am reviewing this book at the perfect time! School literally got out this past weekend! So, I am out of school…and sometimes into nature, depending on the day!

This is a perfect story for children who enjoy the great outdoors, and for those who don’t! I read this book and learned a lot about Anna Comstock. Quite frankly, I had never really heard of Anna Comstock before this picture book. So, even to me, this story was a history lesson!

Any child who likes science, art, and nature will find a new hero in Anna Comstock. There is no doubt that Anna is a remarkable woman. This short story is very inspiring to any young girl or boy to follow their dream.

The illustrations are very well done. Jessica Lanan is a great artist. Suzanna Slade, on the other hand, wonderfully wrote a small “history” lesson for children to easily comprehend.

The cover is very cute. When I saw it, I immediately picked it up and read the story. I am giving this cover 5 stars.

As for the book itself, I am also giving it 5 stars. This picture book is definitely worth the read for any child, boy or girl, who enjoys science and/or learning about a new person…well, and/or a child who simply enjoys a good picture book!


Title: Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story

Author: Suzanne Slade

Author’s Website: http://www.suzanneslade.com/

Illustrator: Jessica Lanan


This review is written in my own opinion and words.


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