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The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just author Mélina Mangal talks with us about researching Dr. Just, picture book biographies, summer reading, and more.

The Vast Wonder of the World is a picture book biography of Ernest Everett Just, the first recipient of the NAACP Spingarn Medal in 1915. His keen observations of sea creatures revealed new insights about the origins of life. Through stunning illustrations by Luisa Uribe and Mélina Mangal's lyrical prose, this picture book presents the life and accomplishments of this long overlooked African American scientific pioneer.

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