Rosie the Tarantula

Trade Cloth – $17.95

ISBN 978-0-8101-3657-1
Publication Date
October 2017
Page Count
48 pages
Trim Size
11 x 8.5

Rosie the Tarantula

A True Adventure in Chicago’s Field Museum
Illustations by Peggy Macnamara; Written by Katie Macnamara

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.
About the Author

PEGGY MACNAMARA is an adjunct associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; an artist in residence and associate of the zoology department at the Field Museum; an instructor at the Field Museum, Chicago Public Libraries Nature Connection, and Art Institute family programs; and the author of many books.

KATIE MACNAMARA teaches English literature, composition, and communications courses at John Abbott College in Montreal and Carleton University in Ottawa.

"[This book's] soft, almost poetic flow, narrates [Rosie the Tarantula's] amazing adventure." —Midwest Review of Books