Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson

by William Accorsi

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Rachel Carson made people think about their relationship to the environment. In this biography, readers meet Carson as a young and precocious girl who had written a story for a children's magazine by the time she was ten. As an adult she continued to write, and her famous book Silent Spring explores the connection between pesticides and the premature death of plants and animals. She was an acclaimed scientist and author who unfortunately died at a very young age.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This easy-to-read biography introduces youngsters to the pioneering environmentalist's life and work. Only highlights of her childhood and career are presented, but the book still serves as an adequate overview. The text is very simple and the layout features lots of white space. The folk-art illustrations are colorful and clear. A note that explains Carson's financial and health problems and a list of important dates are included.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Carolyn Phelan
Accorsi, author-illustrator of "My Name Is Pocahontas", takes the life of Rachel Carson as the subject of his latest picture-book biography. Beginning with Carson's childhood, the simple text describes her concerns, her work, and the major events in her life. The illustrations, naive paintings in pastel colors, are pleasant enough, but their function seems mainly decorative. In the pictures, Carson is an iconographic female figure; when the grown-up Carson and her mother appear together, they look like identical twins in identical clothes. While adults may find this echo of children's art charming, kids will more likely wonder which one is Rachel and what she really looked like. Still, libraries with a demand for biographies at the primary-grade level will want to consider this one.

Product Details

Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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