Title: Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson
Author: Amy Ehrlich
Illustrator: Wendell Minor
Publisher: Voyager Books, Harcourt Inc.
Year: 2008 (paperback)
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 5.6
Concepts: natural resources, human resources, scarcity
Review: Rachel Carson, best known for her 1962 book Silent Spring, raised national awareness about the toxic effects of DDT and other pesticides. Her work proved instrumental in the subsequent ban of such pesticides and the growth of the environmental movement in the United States. This interesting and informative picture book makes Rachel Carson’s background and contributions accessible to younger children. The rich text and stunning watercolor illustrations clearly communicate Rachel’s talents as a writer and interests in biology already as a young child. She overcame a number of obstacles, especially financial constraints, to become a successful author about nature and ocean life. With its focus on environmental activism, this book makes a useful vehicle for teaching children about links between natural resources and human resources.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children