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Adventurous Spirit: A Story About Ellen Swallow Richards (Creative Minds Biographies) Library Binding – August, 1992

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Grade 3-5-- An interesting, accurate portrayal of the scientist's life. In this readable biography, Vare traces Richards's youth, education, and career as a chemist. She details her study of water pollution and the introduction of a nutritious school lunch program in the Boston area. The full-page, black-and-white pencil drawings are effective and appropriately placed. (Since they were inspired by actual photographs, one must wonder why the photos weren't used to add a greater degree of authenticity to the text.) Quoted material is taken from writings by the subject, her friends, and family, giving depth and immediacy to this factual account. Youngsters will enjoy reading about the struggles and successes of this noted environmentalist. --April L. Judge, Thousand Oaks Library, CA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Creative Minds Biographies
  • Library Binding: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876147333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876147337
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,859,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1998
Format: Library Binding
To be truthful I haven't read Adventurous Spirit. However, I have studied the life and work of Ellen Henrietta (Swallow) Richards for many years. She was an amazing character and in many ways worthy of continued attention. Richards ventured into chemistry, then unexplored territory for women, and found there opportunity for looking at many domestic processes in new ways in addition to the work valued within chemistry itself. More important she created an opening for other women to enter tertiary education. Even without reading it I can appreciated the existence of another telling of Ellen's story.
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