Queen of the Cosmos – Beatrice Hill Tinsley

Queen of the Cosmos, Beatrice Hill Tinsley lived every day as if she was on borrowed time.

Over her short time on Earth, she was determined to further the world’s knowledge of the stars and galaxies. But it was not easy being a female scientist in those times. She would have to make a heartbreaking decision in order to follow her destiny.

Find out about this extraordinary woman, who became one of New Zealand’s greatest scientists in Queen of the Cosmos: Beatrice Hill Tinsley.

Written by Maria Gill and illustrated by Alistair Hughes

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Read a great Q&A interview on Kete Books with Maria Gill and Alistair Hughes about working on this true story of famed NZ scientist Beatrice Hill Tinsley. Creating a children’s book that did justice to Beatrice’s achievements but didn’t gloss over the hardships she faced was both a challenge and an honour for them both.

What Book Next ~ This talented team has done it again – bringing an exceptional New Zealander to the fore and sharing their life with young kiwis. This time is it a gifted woman scientist whose work and research on the cosmos has been heralded around the world. It wasn’t an easy road for Beatrice by any means, but Maria Gill & Alistair Hughes have portrayed Hill Tinsley’s short but extraordinary life beautifully in another narrative non-fiction picture book. Read the full review.

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About the Kiwi author and illustrator

Maria GillMaria Gill, from north Auckland, is the author of more than 60 books. Find out more on her author page.

Alistair Hughes has illustrated several children’s books including Kea: Curiouser and Curiouser, Snapper: The Real Story, and Ice Breaker! An Epic Antarctic Adventure. He has also recently authored and illustrated The New Zealand Night Sky. Alistair writes, illustrates and designs graphics for his own company; Shoreline Creative, while living in a little mountainside village near Nelson.

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Dimensions25 × 25 cm
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Upstart Press

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