Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor
Illustrated by Laura Beingessner
Young readers 5 to 10
A National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Book
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
"Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of earth, you will want to learn about it," wrote Rachel Carson.
This is the story of the pioneering scientist, environmentalist, and author of Silent Spring, the book that alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water.
Determined and curious even as a child, Rachel Carson's fascination with the natural world led her to study biology, and pursue a career in science at a time when very few women worked in the field.
This lyrical, illustrated biography follows Carson's journey—from a girl exploring the woods, to a woman working to help support her family during the Great Depression, to a journalist and pioneering researcher, investigating and exposing the harmful effects of pesticide overuse.
Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World offers a glimpse at the early life that shaped her interest in nature, and the way one person's determination can inspire others to fight for real change.
An author's note delves into how Silent Spring helped shape the modern environmental movement and inspired a generation of readers to get involved in conservation.
Detailed source notes and a list of recommended reading are included.
Holiday House, 2014