Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson
by Amy Ehrlich, Wendell Minor (Illustrator)

Synopsis

Her name was Rachel, and she was always curious and wondering. More than anything, she loved being outside, taking walks with her mother, naming the insects and birds and plants. And at night Rachel would lay awake thinking about the mystery and beauty of the universe - always wanting to explore and know more.

When she grew up, Rachel wrote books about what she loved - and one day she wrote a book that changed the world.

Amy Ehrlich’s lucid and loving prose, complemented by Wendell Minor’s luminous paintings, tells a story of the power of the word, the power of the individual, and - most of all - the importance of following your heart.

Review

From Publisher's Weekly
Minor's (A Lucky Thing) impressively realistic watercolor and gouache paintings lend a pleasing cohesiveness to the volume. His sun- and moonlit scenarios, particularly two wordless spreads, fittingly display the striking beauty of the landscapes and seascapes that so inspired this courageous crusader. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

From Children's Literature
The illustrations that accompany this biography are absolutely beautiful and add much richness for the reader. Written with each page as a separate event and part of a timeline, this is a very easy read for children, and it is an interesting way to cover many facts of a person's life in just 28 pages, with over half of them being illustrations. Readers will look at Rachel's story and refer to it many times, and will keep it in a prominent place in their personal library. Teachers will put this at the top of their list for introducing biographies. 2003, Harcourt Inc, Josephs

From School Library Journal
Minor's fine watercolor-and-gouache paintings provide splendid full- and double-page views of various settings and credible portraits. -Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

From Kirkus Reviews
Young readers will love the illustrations and enjoy the true story of a woman of passion and courage. Maybe Carson's sense of wonder will inspire future environmentalists. (bibliography, epilogue) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)

Awards

The Best Children's Books of the Year 2003 – Selected by the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education
2003 John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers
2003 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children
2003 Capitol Choices nominee: Noteworthy Books for Children, seven to ten
2003 Parents' Choice Award

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