Rachel Carson was always curious about the world around her. As a girl she loved being outside, always exploring and wanting to know more about the universe. As an adult Rachel wrote books about what she loved--includingSilent Spring, a book that changed the world.
Amy Ehrlich's lucid and loving prose, complemented by Wendell Minor's luminous paintings, tells a memorable story of the power of the word, the power of the individual, and--most of all--the importance of following your heart.
An epilogue sheds light on Rachel Carson's work and life.
Gr. 2-4. This handsome picture-book biography introduces children to the pioneer nature writer and activist, whose books, such as Silent Spring (1962), did so much to start today's environmental movement. There are gaps in the story, especially about Carson's personal life, but Ehrlich's lyrical prose grounds the big ideas in particulars that children can relate to--the small things that reveal the complexity of the universe. The focus is on Carson's warnings about the poisons that were everywhere, "on the grasses that cows ate, and in their milk and meat, and in our own bodies, too"; the horror of poison spray that kills "birds and grasshoppers, butterflies and bees, and fish in the rivers."Minor's full-page paintings in watercolor and gouache capture the broad sweep of the land as well as the tiny connections in the woods and in the sea around us. Young ecologists will find support here, and they will be inspired to find out more about Carson and the great spaces she explored.