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Rachel Carson: The Wonder of Nature

Rachel Carson: The Wonder of Nature

by Catherine Reef, Larry Raymond (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-- Two nicely drawn and organized biographies that convey their subjects' personal philosophies, politics, and actions in a highly readable manner. The childhoods of both Carson and Thoreau are portrayed with sufficient detail to show the roots of their actions and impact on society, and the major events of their lives are highlighted in smoothly flowing narratives. Reef draws on the writings of each of her subjects to convey their individual voices and personalize the books. Both volumes are liberally illustrated with attractive pencil drawings. Burleigh's A Man Named Thoreau (Atheneum, 1985) is a beautiful, understated biography that deftly incorporates much of Thoreau's personal philosophy into a picture-book format. Kudlinski's Rachel Carson (Viking, 1988; o.p.) and Harlan's Sounding the Alarm (Dillon, 1989) cover the same material presented here in greater detail. Stwertka's Rachel Carson (Watts, 1991) and Foster's The Story of Rachel Carson and the Environmental Movement (Childrens, 1990) are also similar in scope and format, but feature photographs. Jezer's Rachel Carson (Chelsea, 1988) has both strong depth of coverage and many photographs, as well as a bibliography and good index, making it the best overall choice. In both cases, Reef provides good supplemental selections, and may fill a need for slightly younger readers. --Joyce Adams Burner, formerly at Spring Hill Middle School, KS

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Earth Keepers Series
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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