Read about Rachel Carson-a scientist and writer who wanted to protect nature.
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-FergusonRachel Carson began her writing career at age ten when an article she wrote about nature was published in a magazine. But it was her work with turtles along the coast of Massachusetts that set her on her way to becoming a significant voice in the preservation of our natural world. It was truly amazing that her scientific research was told in a narrative voice that opened natural science to the lay person. The most famous of her books, Silent Spring, was actually written after she had retired to Maine in 1952. She raised concern for what humanity was doing to the environment that resounds even into our own day. This story of her life is written in an easy language for elementary readers. Along with the basic details of her life and work, it includes photos, writing prompts, vocabulary, resources and index. Along with the other "Amazing Americans" books, this is a great resource for elementary classrooms and libraries. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library JournalGr 1–2—Is it possible to condense the life of any person into approximately 40 sentences? That is what Wade attempts to do in these early-reader biographies. The language is simple, both in sentence structure and vocabulary. With this kind of brevity, oversimplification is inescapable. For example, in Rachel Carson, Wade states that Carson wrote about the environment and that, "No one had ever written about this before." Of course, people like John Muir were writing about it years before Carson. Despite this problem, Wade does a decent job of introducing the salient points of these subjects' lives. Each book has elements of a standard report biography: thought questions, a time line, glossary, further reading, and an index. Though some of these features seem ludicrous for such short books, they allow young students to become familiar with common study aides. Photographs and historical paintings are set against starburst- patterned backgrounds. The bright backgrounds are a little distracting but add color and continuity. Comparable in content and more colorful than "Rookie Biographies" (Children's Press), these are fair nonfiction choices to have in a primary-grade reading corner or to use with slightly older ESL students.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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