Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
This readable biography for elementary students re–introduces the life and work of Carson to a new generation, who may not have learned about the near–extinction of many bird species and her epic efforts to change the way we use pesticides. Attractive, full–page drawings make this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book both easy to understand and convenient to share.
Carson's oceanographic work will inspire would–be biologists, especially girls. The book also provides a realistic glimpse into the problems that women scientists had in the 1960s and 1970s. The explanation of Carson's work with the chemical industry introduce some vocabulary and content that will require extra explanation by a teacher or mentor.
The book's "Epilogue" provides a guide for answering the inevitable question, "What happened next?" since the scientist died before the positive effects of her work were established. An unusually detailed list of source notes adds direct quotes and references to Carson's own writing for a researcher.
What an inspiration for young people (particularly girls) who want to pursue a science career! Beyond outstanding, the story remains inspiring even 50 years after Carson’s signature work, Silent Spring, was released. This well–documented story of how Rachel developed into a scientist and writer is beautifully chronicled in well–crafted narrative with equally outstanding illustrations. When paired with the epilogue, the story will engage upper elementary and middle school students in an insightful tale of a great woman scientist.
Review posted on 1/14/2013