In a season where we are losing green for the coming of winter, it was lovely to read this celebration of nature and the sounds of spring. In Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World, Laurie Lawlor draws the reader in on the first page with her image of a young Rachel sitting among the birds – “witchity-witchity-witchity!” they called as she captured a photo of their nest filled with newly-laid eggs. The colorful illustrations that spread across both pages remind me of airy French watercolors. They help the reader to see Rachel in nature and observe things along with her. Lawlor poses many questions in her text, reminding us that Rachel was a scientist and was driven by inquiry. Her portrait of the struggle she had to succeed as an educated woman of her time is inspiring and is told in a personal way that makes it compelling to read. The Epilogue at the end provides a continuation of the story after the publication of her book and gives the reader ample extra background about her life.
Suggested Ages – This is a great biography for middle and older grade school students. It is particularly useful for students studying biography, as it follows Carson’s life closely.