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Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson

by Amy Ehrlich
Illustrated by Wendell Minor

Published by Harcourt, 2003
32 pages
ISBN: 0-15-216227-5

Ages 5-9

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. As a child, 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." Rachel spent much of her career as a science and nature writer. Her book "Silent Spring" documented the devastating effect of DDT and other poisons, and marked the beginning of today's environmental movement. Ehrlich's finely crafted prose invites readers into Carson's world with tantalizing descriptions of things Carson observed in nature. CCBC Categories: Biography and Autobiography.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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