The Sky's the Limit

The Sky's the Limit

HMH Books for Young Readers

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Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls

They study the night sky, watch chimpanzees in the wild, and dig up ancient clay treasures. They search the beach for rare fossils, photograph old rock carvings, explore the hazards of lead poisoning, and wander into dark caves. And in their watching, digging, and wandering, they become discoverers. Young and old, they are women and girls who discover seventy-million-year-old sea lizards, the very origins of counting and writing, Stone Age cave art, mysterious matter in the universe, and how a puddle of water can be sanitized when heated by the sun.

Here is a tribute to the findings and revelations of these remarkable women and girls: to their perseverance, their epiphanies, their wondrous curiosity. Brought to life by innovative collage illustrations, these inspiring stories drawn from primary sources consistently probe into still unanswered questions. Here are discoveries that open our eyes not only to what women and girls can accomplish but also to the astonishing world in which we live.

Awards and Recognition

2003 Minnesota Book Award for Children’s Nonfiction
Smithsonian Notable Book 2002
Outstanding Science and Social Studies Trade Book for Children 2002


“The lively design and the mixed-media collage artwork is a creative delight, and the intricate ink-and-watercolor borders, inventive paintings, and childlike pictures will draw readers in. The best thing about the book, however, is Thimmesh’s sparkling writing style, which celebrates women’s curiosity and skill.” (Booklist)

“This title, with its readily digestible size and delicately colored, mixed-media illustrations resembling pages from field notebooks, is an attractive package. Like scientific discovery itself, it leads to more questions and indicates further paths to explore.” (School Library Journal)