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Rachel Carson: Extraordinary Environmentalist (Checkerboard Biography Library: Women in Science) Library Binding – September 1, 2012
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Wheeler’s biography is both in-depth and accessible to young readers. Rachel Carson built her career on the premise that all living things are connected and that humankind’s actions are not without impact on nature. During her youth on the banks of the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania in the early twentieth century, Carson developed a profound respect and appreciation for the intricacies of the environment. Readers will be impressed to learn that she began writing at a very young age and had her first story published by a magazine when she was 11. Carson’s real genius was that she found a way to marry her two passions and personal strengths—writing and environmentalism—to forge a niche that was not only unique to contemporary women but to the field of science in general. A surprising amount of text is packed onto each page, but a prevalence of modern and historic photos keep things lively. Kids can also explore the connectedness of nature that Carson celebrated by building their own terrarium per directions in the appendix. Grades 1-4, --Erin Anderson