Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson

by Amy Ehrlich

Hardcover, 2003



Local notes

921 CAR





Harcourt Children's Books (2003), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages


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-including Silent 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.

Physical description

32 p.; 11.22 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member acwheeler
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 everything she observed. As an adult, Rachel wrote books about what she loved, including Silent Spring, a book that changed the world. She wrote books
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about always following your heart and the power of an individual.
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LibraryThing member Michelle_Bales
I was a little girl who was curious about the natural world. I walked with my mother and fell in love with the woods, the ocean, and the cycles of nature. I also loved to write. When I went to college, I found a home for myself in the study of biology. I wrote eloquently about my findings. Since I
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became known as an expert on the natural world, one day, a woman alerted me when she noticed a problem. What I did next started a revolution.
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LibraryThing member sarahwarner329
I believe this book is an extremely informational biography about Rachel Carson, the famous environmentalist. I liked it for many reasons. First, the book is written in chronological order in a timeline fashion. Each set of pages has a description and date of Carson’s significant accomplishments
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on the right and a picture portraying the event on the left page. Although the book is written in an extremely informational way, it also tells the story of her life. Thus, I liked that children can grasp the idea that events of a person’s life can be written in a chronological, story fashion. It is important for young readers to understand that life events can be told and written down. While this is a children’s book, it is also informing about an environmentalist’s life. Thus, the descriptive words and terms could definitely broaden the reader’s vocabulary. For example, “A transparent elongated paramecium drifted slowly across her slide,” allows the child to use context clues to determine the author’s vocabulary use. The purpose of this book was to inform children about Rachel Carson’s successes regarding protecting animals and the environment. Her encouragement is exemplified throughout the text, as well as at the end when her fight against cancer was described. With this being said, I loved this book as a form of biography for children.
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