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Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World
by Laurie Lawlor
Laura Beingessner, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 10 x 9 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823423705 | 02-01-2012

Grade: THIRD | Age: 6 to 10

Themes: Ecology & Conservation, Women's History
Recommendations: A, H, LMC, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
3: RI.2-3, 7, SL.1-2, 4, W.7

About the Book

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22!

"Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of 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 through the Florida Everglades on a rumbling "glades buggy."

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 people up to the harmful impact humans were having on our planet.


"This book is a worthy introduction to a woman [the author of Silent Spring] whose work still influences environmental decisions today."—School Library Journal

"Carson emerges as a proud, conscientious woman who never allowed the constraints of her era to interfere with her convictions.—Publishers Weekly

Check out the official press release.

For activities and more on Rachel Carson, featured on Smithsonian's History Explorer, visit the Smithsonian site.


★ Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

★ Green Earth Book Award Honor

★ IRA Teachers' Choice

★ John Burroughs Riverby Award

★ Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List

NEW! New York Public Library Summer Reading Challenge List, 2015