Synopses & Reviews
Rachel Carsonscientist, author, and environmentalist
Rachel Carson was always fascinated by the ocean. As a child, she dreamed of it and longed to see it. As a young woman, she felt torn between her love for nature and her desire to pursue a writing career. Then she found a way to combine both. Rachel had a talent for writing and talking about science in a way that everyone could understand and enjoy. With her controversial book, Silent Spring, Rachel Carson changed the way we look at our planet.
Contains black-and-white illustrations.
Kudlinski has admirably captured the driving force of spirit of a shy but courageous woman in a succinct, respectful approach.”
About the Women of Our Time series:
International in scope, the Women of Our Time series of biographies cover a wide range of personalities in a variety fields. More than a history lesson, these books offer carefully documented life stories that will inform, inspire, and engage.
The six women portrayed in this book--Maria Merian (b. 1647), Anna Comstock (b. 1854), Frances Hamerstrom (b. 1907), Rachel Carson (b. 1907), Miriam Rothschild (b. 1908) and Jane Goodall (b. 1934)--all grew up to become award-winning scientists, writers and artists, as comfortable with a pen as with a magnifying glass. They all started out as girls who didn't run from spiders or snakes, but crouched down to take a closer look. Often they were discouraged from getting dirty, much less pursuing careers in science. But they all became enthusiastic teachers, energetic writers, and passionate scientists--frequently the only women in their field. Their stories remind us to look and to look harder and then to look again. Under rotten logs or in puddles, there are amazing things to see.
About the Author
Kathleen V. Kudlinski is the author of many fiction and nonfiction books for children including, My Lady Pocahontas
, Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs
, contributions to the Women of Our Time biography series, and the Once Upon America historical fiction series. You can visit her online at www.kathleenkudlinski.com.
Ted Lewin grew up in Buffalo, New York. He is the author/illustrator of over 100 books for children. In 1994, he was awarded a Caldecott Honor for his picture book Peppe the Lamplighter. You can visit him online at www.tedlewin.com.