cover image Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World

Laurie Lawlor, illus. by Laura Beingessner. Holiday House, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-2370-5

Lawlor explores Rachel Carson’s development as a scientist and writer, beginning with a childhood spent reading and exploring nature. Carson (1907–1964) attended college, obtaining her master’s degree in biology (a formidable accomplishment for a woman at the time). But despite her determination to become a scientist, she was responsible for supporting her family following the death of her father. Slowly, Carson’s writing gained attention, and her dedication to protecting the environment from pollutants led to her magnum opus, Silent Spring. Beingessner’s light-filled paint and ink illustrations have an understated, 1950s-era grace, which is complemented by Lawlor’s quietly contemplative prose. Carson emerges as a proud, conscientious woman who never allowed the constraints of her era to interfere with her convictions. An epilogue elaborates on the significance of Silent Spring. Ages 6–10. Agent: Stephen Fraser, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. (Apr.)