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Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder (Images of Conservationists) Hardcover – April 7, 2004


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Gr. 3-5. This handsome picture-book biography presents the life and accomplishments of Rachel Carson. After telling about Carson's childhood, her education, and her career as a writer, Bruchac writes lyrically about her love of nature, particularly the ocean, and concludes with an appreciation of her impact on the environment. Similar in format and layout to Locker's books John Muir: America's Naturalist (2003) and Walking with Henry: Based on the Life and Works of Henry David Thoreau (2002), this volume offers several lines of text on each left-hand page, facing a full-page illustration. Locker's paintings, particularly the landscapes, are dramatically lit scenes that capture the beauty and majesty of nature. The last page includes excerpts from Carson's writings about the natural world and a paragraph giving some specific biographical information, such as birth and death dates and the titles of her most famous books. A good read-aloud choice for Earth Day. Carolyn Phelan
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This handsome picture-book biography presents the life and accomplishments of Rachel Carson. -- Booklist
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Images of Conservationists
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (April 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555914829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555914820
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Rachel Carson's most famous book was "Silent Screen," which was translated into more than fifteen foreign languages and is considered the most influential book of the past fifty years. But she also wrote several books to teach young people about nature, including "Help Your Child to Wonder" and "A Sense of Wonder," the latter of which Thomas Locker and Joseph Bruchac incorporates into the title of this volume, "Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder." Larson's lyrical paintings compliment Bruchac's text in telling the story of how a young girl from a small town in Pennsylvania "saw the magic in spring fog and heard the ocean's song in her heart" and grew up to become a groundbreaking environmental author.

Most of the artwork depicts nature scenes, such as young Rachel looking a field of flowers and several nice seascapes. Often Carson is no more than a small figure in these paintings, but there is a nice portrait of Carson, leaning against a fence, with the sea behind her. This appears opposite the most important text in the book, where it is explained to young readers that Carson's book "Silent Spring" was important in helping people understand that breaking one strand in the web of life put every other strand in danger. Those young readers will be surprised to learn that this was not obvious to everybody until Carson wrote her book in the 1960s, but this is indeed the case.

"Preserving a Sense of Wonder" provides a basic introduction to the life and work of Rachel Carson, although certainly there is much more to learn about both her life and her beliefs. The last page of the volume has over a dozen quotes from the works of Rachel Carson (e.g.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WISCONSIN MOM on May 27, 2011
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I bought this book for a child because I love Rachel's work. The images are beautiful, but the text is preachy and adult. The language is not through the eyes or ears of a child, and that is the audience I wanted to captivate. I am not giving the book to the child, I will donate it to a library - don't know who will use it. Bummer.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Rachel Carson was best known for her book "Silent Spring": her ideas were adopted by environmentalists around the world and fostered many changes and improvements. Carson's life is profiled in Rachel Carson: Preserving A Sense Of Wonder, a picturebook biography offering color reproductions of painted landscapes by Thomas Locker to pair with a survey of her life. A lovely tribute which also covers Rachel Carson's basic concepts.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Main on September 19, 2009
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I looked for this last year and it seemed to be out of print. I use it with the John Muir book in a series of outings to our school prairie and garden for nature journaling with the children in my class. These are the sort of superheros I encourage my children to know.
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By kate Reddy on March 18, 2015
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A beautiful way of remembering a great environmentalist. Wonderful for use in the classroom and at home. A real gem.
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