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|Spring after spring : how Rachel Carson inspired the environmental movement|
Author: Sisson, Stephanie Roth
A picture book biography of Rachel Carson, who taught the world to watch closely and listen carefully so that the sounds of nature would not go silent forever.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 196944
Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/15/18)
School Library Journal (07/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/18)
The Hornbook (00/09/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2018 This picture book about revolutionary environmentalist Rachel Carson begins with Carson as a young girl who paid attention to the seasons, sounds, and patterns of nature. She developed a love of writing and, eventually, biology. She was able to combine her interests, which led to the publication of the hugely influential Silent Spring and a national discussion about the relationship between humanity and nature. Though Carson herself did not live long enough to witness the full impact of her work, the author explains the direct connection between Carson and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Throughout, Carson is presented as curious and receptive, a quiet individual brave enough to face fears in the interest of academia as well as activism. An author’s note is included at the end, as well as a bibliography and extensive notes for each page, which flesh out the details of the sparser, comic-style illustrations. The combination of picture-book biography for young readers and detailed reference sources for older children makes this accessible to a wide audience. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 K-Gr 3—Sisson's paneled illustrations place Rachel Carson in the natural world that fascinated her from childhood and inspired her groundbreaking books. Sisson stresses Carson's curiosity about and careful observations of birds, insects, and other animals as she grew up in Pennsylvania. Those same qualities served her well as a scientist and writer who introduced readers to the lives of sea creatures in best-selling books. Sisson's diagrams help explain the harmful effects of DDT that Carson articulated in her most influential work, Silent Spring. Sisson leaves out many personal and professional challenges Carson faced, which Laurie Lawlor includes in her picture book biography for slightly older readers, Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World. Although Sisson does mention some of the controversy the Silent Spring generated in the main text, she provides additional information in an author's note that emphasizes the book's influence on the environmental movement. Her meticulous notes reveal Sisson's own extensive research. The variety of page layouts add visual interest. VERDICT This brief, upbeat biography that introduces an important scientist and her work would be a good addition to most public and school library collections.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.