Calling kids and adults alike to come meet Peggy Macnamara, Art Institute of Chicago professor and renowned artist-in-residence at the Field Museum. She'll be telling us about her Rosie the Tarantula: A True Adventure in Chicago's Field Museum and The Peregrine Returns: The Art and Architecture of an Urban Raptor Recovery Program. Written by Mary Hennen, assistant bird collections manager at the Field Museum, and illustrated by Ms. Macnamara,
The Peregrine Returns is an extraordinary conservation success story. Rosie is a beautifully illustrated children's introduction to the Field's treasures, seen through the eyes of a member of the museum's live arachnid collection.
Peregrine falcons have their share of claims to fame. With a diving speed of over two hundred miles per hour, these birds of prey are the fastest animals on earth or in the sky, and they are now well known for adapting from life on rocky cliffs to a different kind of mountain: modern skyscrapers. But adaptability only helps so much.
Chicago's famed Field Museum of Natural History is home to a collection of thirty million geological and biological specimens that enchant and dazzle two million visitors of all ages each year. Based on a true story, Rosie the Tarantula: A True Adventure in Chicago's Field Museum is a beautifully illustrated introduction to the Field's treasures through the eyes of Rosie, a member of the museum's live arachnid collection.
Several years ago, Rosie went on an expedition to the wonders of the Field's soaring halls, such as Sue the Tyrannosaurus rex, as well as the secret specimens of animal fossils and human artifacts hidden away in drawers, cabinets, and bins. Renowned Field Museum artist-in-residence Peggy Macnamara brings the marvels of the museum to vivid life in a set of gorgeous and meticulously accurate watercolors. Peggy's daughter Katie narrates the story of this restless arachnid in rhyme ideal for reading aloud to children.
A keepsake quality book that will delight budding young scientists and their families, Rosie the Tarantula provides a colorful, interactive experience with one of Chicago's foremost cultural institutions. This one-of-a-kind book is rounded out by fascinating notes for adult readers, and other fun features for further reading.