All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World

By Lori Alexander
Illustrators Illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Imprint Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN


Awards and Honors NSTA Best STEM Books - 2020
Robert L. Sibert Award Honoree - 2020
2020 Green Earth Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Nonfiction

All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World

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Microbes are everywhere: in the soil and oceans, in snow, and inside our bodies. But
in Antony van Leeuwenhoek’s time, people believed that what they saw with their
own eyes was all that existed in the world. How did a simple tradesman—who didn’t
go to college or speak English or Latin like all the other scientists—change everyone’s

Proving that remarkable discoveries can come from the most unexpected people and
places, this eye-opening chapter book, illustrated with lively full-color art, celebrates
the power of curiosity, ingenuity, and persistence.

Author’s note. Time line of events. Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Index. Full-color illustrations were created using pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor.
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