6/20/11 ** Picture book biography of Leon Foucault, the untrained scientist who, in 1851, finally figured out how to prove that the earth spins on its axis. This beautifully illustrated volume shows a scientist at work: notetaking, measurements, failed experiments, etc.
A detailed author's note adds information that didn't fit smoothly in the picture book narrative; likewise, there is a glossary and bibliography of additional resources on Foucault's life.
I've read several picture book biographies now by Lori Mortensen and would highly recommend her. She finds the anecdotes in her subjects' lives that will intrigue readers of any age, and she doesn't overwhelm the story by including too many facts.