Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor, illustrated by Laura Beingessner.
(ISBN: 978-0-8234-2370-5 $16.95) Holiday House, NY www.holidayhouse.com Ages 6-10/Picture book/32 pages/April 2012
This new, accessible biography commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication in 1962 of the pioneering environmentalist’s book Silent Spring. The biography depicts the life of a woman who demonstrated through the written word how one person can alter an entire planet’s course.
“Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of the earth, you will want to learn about it,” wrote Rachel Carson. An American marine biologist and conservationist, Carson investigated the effects of over use of pesticides on people, animals, and plants. Her path-breaking work is credited with advancing the global environmental movement.
Laurie Lawlor’s books have appeared on many notable lists, including ALA Children’s Books, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, the NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers, and the IRA Teachers’ Choice. She was the IRA 2010 Prairie State Award Winner. Visit her web site: www.laurielawlor.com. She lives in the Chicago area.