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In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring, here is a biography of the pioneering environmentalist. "Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of earth, you will want to learn about it," wrote Rachel Carson, the pioneering environmentalist. She wrote Silent Spring, the book that woke people up to the harmful impact humans were having oIn celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring, here is a biography of the pioneering environmentalist. "Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of earth, you will want to learn about it," wrote Rachel Carson, the pioneering environmentalist. She wrote Silent Spring, the book that woke people up to the harmful impact humans were having on our planet....

Title : Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World
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ISBN : 9780823423705
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World Reviews

  • Linda
    2019-03-02 10:33

    Here is a young person growing up in ordinary circumstances, with a passion that Rachel herself nurtured, a passion for the out of doors. This story about Rachel Carson shows a rather comprehensive story of her life, from the early childhood days in her poverty-stricken family (that didn't change) to her persistence in learning more and more about the world of science. It tells of her education when few women were entering the world of biology, and her turning to writing to share what she was observing in the outdoors. I enjoyed learning about her life, the grit she showed when things weren't good, and the beautiful books she wrote, the last of which changed our world positively. The writing shows her love of nature: "she lost her heart to a world of restless water and sky", and the illustrations paint a simple life, centered only on the learning she wanted to do. There is good back matter about the influence Silent Spring has had and is still having on our environment.

  • Angela
    2019-03-10 10:25

    A wonderful and important picture book biography of an overlooked female scientist, writer, environmentalist and heroine. Recommended for everyone.

  • Maddie Russell
    2019-03-15 10:45

    Enthralled with both nature and writing from a young age, eleven year old Rachel Carson decided that she would someday become a writer after one of her pieces was published in a children’s magazine. Several years later, a college biology course sparked her interest in the sciences, and, when she learned of the American chemical industry’s destruction of native flora and fauna with continual pesticide distribution, Carson was inspired to fight this injustice with the weapon of her words and the wielding of her pen. Despite a cancer diagnosis, Carson penned her renowned novel, Silent Springs, which incited a storm of protests against the use of chemicals in nature and eventually led to several Congressional bills banning DDT and similar practices.illustrations: tempera paint and ink, by Laura Beingessner"Rachel Carson and her Book that Changed the World" not only introduces readers to the genre of nonfiction writing, but also reveals writing’s ability to raise awareness about problems and incite lasting change. This presents multiple ways in which teachers could use this book in their classrooms. One option is that, by focusing on Rachel Carson’s publication of the results of her scientific studies, the book could lead to a lesson on the unique nature of nonfiction writing and how to write a report about a science experiment. A second option is that the teacher could focus on Carson’s use of writing to advocate for her passions as an introduction to persuasive writing. The unit could end with classroom presentations of their writing pieces, followed by a discussion on how they feel about hearing about these issues and how this demonstrates the objective of persuasive writing.

  • Dedra
    2019-03-16 09:27

    This book was fairly well done. The epilogue is exceptional. I was reading it in consideration of reading it aloud for an event, and while it wouldn't be the most engaging read-aloud; it will be included on my list of recommended reads.

  • Christine Fitzgerald
    2019-03-11 06:21

    This is a powerful book to share with all girls as well as everyone who knows Rachel Carson’s work.

  • Caroline
    2019-03-14 07:45

    I learned a lot! Amazing, inspiring woman.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-04 13:28

    A simple picture book of Rachel Carson's life. It includes an extensive "epilogue" on what happened after the publication of Silent Spring.

  • Goshen PL Childrens
    2019-03-12 14:31

    This was phenomenal! This was a great introduction to biologist/naturalist/environmentalist Rachel Carson. The pictures were beautiful and text is full of great information for elementary readers. Younger readers can have it read aloud.

  • Denise
    2019-02-18 07:45

    Very good synopsis of Miss Carson's life and works! Until today, I had never heard of Rachel Carson, woman biologist and pioneer of the insecticide movement here in the US.

  • Hannah Fjeld
    2019-03-20 11:43

    Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: nonfiction, picture book, biographyEstimate of age level of interest: grades 2-6Estimate of reading level: grade 3-4, guided reading QBrief description: An introduction to the life and work of Rachel Carson, with a focus on the writing and publication of Silent Spring.Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book: According to Huck, “good biographies serve to put the facts into a frame of human feeling” (p.300). This book does a particularly good job of highlighting the circumstances Carson faced and the emotions that drove her work. Carson’s love for the natural world is palpable throughout this story. Also, an authentic biography should not include dialogue unless it can be clearly attributed to the source (Huck, p.287). There are several uses of quotations and bits of dialog in the narrative of this story, all of which are attributed to their source in the notes at the conclusion of the book.In what ways and how well does the book as a whole serve its intended audience? This book is one of few existing biographies of Rachel Carson aimed at younger readers. The picture book format and lovely illustrations make it interesting and accessible to young readers or listeners. The epilogue answers questions that are bound to follow where the narrative leaves off, about the world’s reaction to the publication of Silent Spring. While it does get a little bogged down, mentioning some smaller occurrences in Carson’s life that don’t seem essential to the story, overall it is a good choice.Published reviews from professional sources: Booklist 02/15/11, Horn Book Magazine 07/01/12, Horn Book Magazine 11/01/12, Library Media Connection 08/01/12, Publishers Weekly 02/20/12, School Library Journal 04/01/12, Science Books & Films (AAAS) 07/01/12

  • Congetta
    2019-02-21 12:23

    I felt this was a thorough biography and we really got to know Rachel.

  • Greg
    2019-03-06 10:42

    Laurie Lawlor's book offers a wonderful biography of the biologist and author of "Silent Spring", the book that changed the world. We learn of Carson's childhood, exploring woods, orchards and fields; the hard times that befell her family during the Great Depression, and her struggles and sacrifices as she pursued an educational course that few women had undertaken. Eventually she earned her Master's Degree from Johns Hopkins, only to wind up as a part-time teacher and article writer. A full-time position at the Bureau of Fisheries allowed her to research and write about ocean life, which led to her first book. It wasn't until 1952 that she began work on her most famous publication, and Lawlor does a nice job of describing the insecticide-laden environment of post-war America. Along the way we learn interesting tidbits about her life, like the fact that she adopted her niece's five-year old son at the age of 50, and, sadly, the breast cancer that claimed her life. This is a thorough, easy-to-read biography of an important woman that most people know nothing about. The illustrations will appeal to nature lovers, with their colorful depictions of birds, woodland creatures and sea life.The book concludes with an enlightening, if dense, epilogue about the personal calumny she endured after the publication of "Silent Spring",being called an hysterical woman, beyond-the-fringe, and "probably Communist." Sadly, she never lived to see DDT outlawed in the United States, all thanks to her groundbreaking work.

  • Tasha
    2019-02-22 08:27

    This is a biographical picture book about the environmentalist Rachel Carson. The book covers her childhood, which she spent outside in her family’s woods, orchards and fields. Her mother loved nature and passed her passion on to her daughter. Though times were tough and her father struggled to make enough money to support the family, Rachel was able to attend Pennsylvania College for Women in Pittsburgh. It was during this time that she started to be concerned about the environment. Rachel decided to become a biologist and received her Master’s Degree, becoming one of the few female biologists. After some time jobless due to the Great Depression, her two skills of science and writing came together in a job for the Bureau of Fisheries writing radio scripts about sea life. After World War II, Rachel became alarmed at the chemicals being sprayed everywhere. Though she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, she continued work on Silent Spring which caused such a reaction that new laws were created to protect the environment. This book tells the story of a woman who was smart, scientifically gifted, and passionate about the natural world she loved so much. Read the rest of my review on my blog, Waking Brain Cells.

  • Patricia Tilton
    2019-03-01 09:19

    Laurie Lawlor has written a beautiful biography that tells the story of a young Rachel Carson (born in 1897) whose love of nature is nurtured by her mother. Rachel’s mother encourages her to explore the family’s 65 acres of orchards and woods, watch the starry nights and recognize the melodies of favorite birds. Laura Beingessner’s warm and colorful illustrations are true to the time period of the early 20th century. Rachel attends college and graduate school at great sacrifice to her family. She becomes a biologist, travels the world, studies and writes about the oceans. She begins to notice disturbing trends and wonders how they are effecting the web of life. She questions the rising ocean temperatures, investigates the deadly impact of insecticides on birds, wildlife and people. Her discoveries lead her to write a courageous book that the average person can understand, Silent Spring, in 1962. Her mission to warn people of threats caused by humans creates a big commotion. Unfortunately, she didn’t live to see the positive environmental changes she made in the world. Her story is inspirational for children, especially girls, who love nature and want to help protect the environment.

  • Gail Gauthier
    2019-03-13 10:37

    "The first thing that struck me about this book is that very early on we hear that Rachel as a child explored the outdoors by herself and had a mother who had an interest in nature. This child got her start without any formal environmental instruction, such as we would want for children these days, and, yet, she turned into Rachel Carson.Another thing I liked about this book, and, yes, this is just me, is that it describes a woman's story. Carson as a young woman had needy family to deal with. As often happens with achieving women of her era, she had help. In her case, her mother hustled to pull together money for school. She was encouraged by a female college professor. A male superior at the Bureau of Fisheries advised her to submit work to The Atlantic. She was a professional woman without a personal family. If you read the Epilogue, you'll find that after Silent Spring was published critics referred to her as "an hysterical woman." Someone asked "why a spinster with no children was so concerned about genetics.""Excerpt from Original Content

  • Kim
    2019-02-22 11:24

    Grades 2-5 This picture book biography provides an accessible and comprehensive look at the life of Rachel Carson and her work as a biologist and environmentalist. While the main story ends with her death at age 56 soon after the publication of "Silent Spring," an epilogue goes into detail about the battle that took place after the book's publication, and the slow recognition by America and other countries that what we do to the world around us has a profound impact on animal and plant life. While the author provides a list of resources under "Sources and Recommended Reading," there is no differentiation between books aimed toward younger readers, which would have been helpful. Charming paint and ink illustrations nicely complement the text.

  • KimBear
    2019-03-09 11:29

    "Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of the earth, you will want to learn about it," wrote Rachel Carson, the pioneering environmentalist. Rachel found many adventurous ways to study nature. She went diving to investigate coral reefs and tracked alligators on a rumbling "glades buggy" through the Florida Everglades. However, one of the bravest things she did was to write and publish Silent Spring, a book pointing out the dangerous effects of chemicals on the living world. Powerful men tried to stop publication of the book, but Rachel and her publishers persisted, and Silent Spring went on to become the book that woke up people to the harmful impact humans were having on our planet.

  • Victoria
    2019-03-11 07:36

    I absolutely loved this book! As a big fan of Rachel Carson and her work, I was a little skeptical about how this children's informational book would handle her life story, but Lawlor does a fantastic job depicting not only her life but her passions as well. If I had my students read any of her work, I might also have them quickly skim through this just to get some background information on who she was as a person. The epilogue at the end is a plus because it lets readers know what happened after the publication of Silent Spring since Carson herself couldn't be around to see its effects. I do wish there was a more extensive list of sources and recommended reading.

  • Ashleigh De nicola
    2019-03-09 13:27

    Rachel found adventure in almost everything. She loved nature and often times involved herself in risky situations to do what she wanted. What she wanted in this particular book was to write and publish he book. Carson really loved nature and just the beauty of the earth. Her book impacted others lives by showing them how harmful the planet actually is. After reading this, I started to pay more attention to nature and our environment. This is also a great biography to share with children who come from financially troubled homes. Despite her father not making much money, she still succeeded.

  • Yundehap
    2019-03-13 13:36

    I like this lovely book very much.I didn't know Rachel Carson until I read this book. I love this biographical book very much. The information is simple but complete. The illustrations are wonderful.This book encourages us to start pay attention about nature and our environment. As she scribbled in her journal: "Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of the earth, you will want to learn about it."I would recommend my nephews and nieces to read this book to expand their knowledge.

  • Kari
    2019-03-07 14:20

    After reqding about Silent Spring and Carson in Amelia to Zora, the girls wanted more information. This book is a beautiful free verse offering for just such a purpose. The book is a good overview on Carson's life and studies ending with Silent Spring's publication and Carson's passing. A wonderful epilogue provides information on changes coming after Silent Spring as well. A great book for Mighty Girls, nature champions, and budding writers/scientists. Who knows maybe someday I will actually move Silent Spring from the tbr pile too.

  • Christina
    2019-03-17 11:41

    Nice look at the life and work of Rachel Carson, the pioneering environmentalist and author of Silent Spring. She became a biologist at a time when very few women did so. The book chronicles her hard work to become published, and to raise awareness of chemical pollution and environmental issues. Excellent list of source notes in the back, an epilogue telling what happened after Carson's death and the publication of this groundbreaking book. I felt the illustrations of this picture book are so-so, but the writing is excellent.

  • Chris
    2019-03-15 10:23

    In this picture book biography of the life of Sylvia Earle, the author carefully tells a story of a young girl who was enamored with the diversity of life around her. From her early days in New Jersey to her later life in Florida, where she fell in love with the sea, Sylvia Earle was interested in the life she found and studied. This story tells the story of how Ms. Earle became a very important oceanographer with groundbreaking research and personal experiences with the sea and its inhabitants.

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-05 08:46

    A beautiful book on one of the earliest environmental advocates. Probably a book that's best suited to older kids just finishing their reading of picture books. The vocabulary is advanced and some of the issues discussed probably wouldn't be understandable to younger ones on their own.The book is well written, beautifully illustrated, and even includes extensive endnotes and suggested reading (for adults).

  • Peacegal
    2019-03-05 14:20

    Budding naturalists will be enchanted by this book. Carson's story is an inspiring one about sticking up for what one believes in and persevering despite enormous odds.The section at the book's conclusion, which details the chemical lobby's fight to censor and belittle what Carson had to say in her famed book Silent Spring, is both gripping and familiar-sounding in this new millenium. This book would be a wonderful choice for a humane education or ecology unit.

  • The Styling Librarian
    2019-03-20 09:31

    Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor, illustrated by Laura Beingessner - How inspiring is Rachel Carson! I just loved reading more about this woman since in my old school district there is a school specifically designed and named after her passion. This is a well done, informative book telling how people handled and respected/didn't respect her research and focus on having a healthy environment and protecting the earth from poisonous toxins...

  • Amy Rae
    2019-02-22 12:24

    Beautiful, beautiful artwork (with such pretty period clothing!) accompanies a biography of naturalist Rachel Carson. Since the text covers her from birth to death, it moves very quickly over the different aspects of her life, but I thought it was a nice read. It also features an end note and source notes--A+ on showing your work, Laurie Lawlor! An absolute must for anyone who wants to provide children with the story of a woman of substantial character.

  • Elaine Bearden
    2019-03-07 07:35

    gr.2-5picture book format. This is a really powerful story. The telling at the beginning seems to jump around a bit. Then it is more chronological. I'm not sure the text is anything special, but it is not lifeless either. Kids may be interested in this story of a woman who started writing stories as a child and loved to lift rocks and look underneath. The illustrations help to tell the story as well. The story kind of feels like Miss Rumphius. Would be neat to share with a class.

  • Vanessa
    2019-02-22 11:29

    Rachel Carson loved nature from childhood. Growing up during the Great Depression, she spent most of her time wandering the woods and fields surrounding her house. Her parents worked hard so she could get an education and eventually become one of the world's leading biologists. She fought a battle against chemical companies using insecticides which were proven harmful to humans and wildlife.Recommended for ages 8+

  • Sandy Brehl
    2019-03-08 10:46

    It will be hard for young readers to imagine a time (not so long ago) when words like environment, pollution, extinction, endangered species, etc. were unfamiliar and misunderstood. Rachel Carson's lifetime commitment to the study of the planet and the effects of chemical and other pollutants on it literally changed the world. Very accessible text, informative illustrations, and detailed back matter make this a terrific research tool.