Blog #8:

What initially got my attention (besides the title), was the soft-greenness of the paper. It reminds me of construction paper, the kind I used in art classes and during crafts when I was younger. It has been folded into four sections, each with different information/text. The edges of the paper, and the corners where it has been folded, have faded to a yellow-brown, emphasizing the notion that it has been around for many years, probably touched by many hands and thus is now faded and worn away (but not unreadable). The most noticeable text is the title: “A Little Gateway to Science” followed by a small description: “True stories that read like fairy tales.” It then states that it is a “First book in Nature Study” by Edith Patch, an entomologist at the University of Maine. A small description on the back side of one of the folds describes the story as being “Told very simply” for children because (it would seem) the author believed that children should be provided and approached with the same honestly as even the most educated.
What was most interesting to me was that this piece (though seemingly a small section/blurb of a longer book) is an integration of both science and fiction. There is an element of fairytale, of the bugs Patch talks about being mysterious and magical in the same way that fairies are. In the introductory paragraph on the back page it states, when talking about hexapods: “You can tell from this they are very strange people and you can call them fairies if you like!” The rest continues on to discuss hexapods with names, making them into creatures out of a fiction story, and yet at the same time Patch manages to list facts about the bugs. By combining genres, the more scientific with fiction/fables (though only in tone and not so much in what is said as the majority of it seems to be facts), Patch is able to present something which would usually be only for a select group of educated individuals to children.
Although I didn’t know this before, having done some more general research on Patch (never having heard of her previous to this artifact) I found that as an entomologist she was against pesticide usage. Thus, the way she explains bugs in the children story makes more sense as she is perhaps attempting to eliminate fear of the hexapods (and other insects) by assocating them with fairies. I believe that her use of mutliple genres to teach others about something she finds interesting is especially important becasue it can be used across disciplines when trying to communicate to audiences unfamiliar with whatever the given topic is. Though in this case Patch is especially appealing to children, this idea of communicting across different discplines has been used in other instances. Like in Heart and Science, messages are easily speread when written in a more universally understood way, in that instance it was a love story, for Patch it is working with fairies. Regardless, being able to teach others through utilizing other disciplines and genres is essential to spreasing information to different audiences.