Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson

by Amy Ehrlich and Wendell Minor

Carefully chosen events in the life of scientist, writer, and groundbreaking environmentalist... read more

Carefully chosen events in the life of scientist, writer, and groundbreaking environmentalist Rachel Carson comprise a book that is satisfying even as it invites children to learn more about this singular woman. From early childhood, Rachel was intrigued by nature, and her interest was nurtured and supported by her mother. She also loved writing, and she entered college in 1927 intent on becoming a writer. But that year she glimpsed a paramecium under a microscope in biology class. “In that simple, one-celled organism she saw the complexity of the universe.” Amy Ehrlich’s finely crafted prose invites readers into Carson’s world with tantalizing descriptions of things Carson observed in nature. Ehrlich’s gentle sensibility toward her subject gives a sense of Carson’s quiet dignity without minimizing her fierce commitment to protecting the earth. Each two-page spread features a full-page watercolor image by Wendell Minor showing Carson engaged with the world she found so fascinating and so fragile. (Ages 5–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004

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