About this series
Each book is written by an award-winning children’s author and follows the real-life stories of some of Australia’s top scientists and inventors, chosen on the basis of their pioneering work. Themes explored include childhood, school, family, and formative experiences, what inspired them to pursue their chosen path, how they persevered in the face of challenges, and what they have contributed to science in Australia.
About Gisela Kaplan: Bird and primate scientist
Gisela Kaplan’s story contains several lifetimes, beginning in wartime Germany where she endured many challenges as a child that lead to a profound curiosity, care and compassion for all living beings.
She is a leading voice in animal behaviour worldwide with a special expertise in birds. As well as caring for hundreds of birds in her back garden – from wedge-tailed eagles to tiny rosella chicks – her captivating scientific studies on Australian magpies, tawny frogmouths and other iconic species have uncovered incredible facts about their complicated lives that will delight and fascinate children and adults alike.
Professor Kaplan is on a mission to spread the word about how intelligent and surprising birds are, before time runs out for many of them.
More to love about STEM Stars
• Teacher’s notes available. A perfect series for school libraries or home bookshelves.
• A fresh and unique series that focuses on our Australian STEM heroes. Science is more important that ever as we look to our inventors and innovators to solve the contemporary problems facing humanity and the planet.
• Perfect for children who are fascinated by the complexities of animal behaviour, and interested in the care and rehabilitation of wild creatures
• Narrative non-fiction as a tool for educating children, proving that it can be as fun and interesting as fiction