Spring After Spring: Rachel Carson’s Courageous Quest to Save the Environment

By: Stephanie Roth Sisson

As a child, Rachel Carson lived by the rhythms of the natural world. Spring after spring, year after year, she observed how all living things are connected. And as an adult, Rachel watched and listened as the natural world she loved so much began to fall silent. Spring After Spring traces Rachel’s journey as scientist and writer, courageously speaking truth to an often hostile world, and ultimately paving the way for the modern environmental movement.
Author’s note. Notes. Bibliography. Source notes. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781626728196

JLG Release: Sep 2018


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Topics: Rachel Carson (1907–1964) , Nature , Animals , Seasons , Plants , Scientists , Biology , Oceans , Scientific research , Authors , Silent Spring , Conservation , Pesticides , Earth , Environmental movement

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Half of this inspiring story of Rachel Carson, environmental scientist and author of the groundbreaking exposé Silent Spring, is devoted to her childhood. Rendered in warm, sunny earth tones, the picture book opens with young Carson waking at dawn to a chorus of bird songs; amusingly, most of the book’s speech balloons are filled with animal sou Half of this inspiring story of Rachel Carson, environmental scientist and author of the groundbreaking exposé Silent Spring, is devoted to her childhood. Rendered in warm, sunny earth tones, the picture book opens with young Carson waking at dawn to a chorus of bird songs; amusingly, most of the book’s speech balloons are filled with animal sounds. Carson’s days as a child were primarily spent outdoors, and Sisson emphasizes her subject’s love of animals, keen observation skills, and enthusiasm for the natural world. The book’s second half is devoted to Carson’s work as an adult; this transition occurs with a visually appealing double-pagespread spiral showing her life unfolding among the seasons and over the years (“like the nestlings, she grew quickly”). At college she studied marine biology (overcoming her fear of water) and launched her pioneering investigations into chemical pesticides. The book’s varying compositions—which include the use of panels, circles, and small insets—fill the pages with detail without overwhelming the eye. One illustration of Carson as a girl depicts her, sun-like, in the center of the page with “life and music” radiating from her (flowers, insects, animals). Front endpapers depict Carson outdoors with her mother; the back ones, with her son. Further notes about Carson’s life, as well as a bibliography and source notes, round out this informative biography. julie danielson

Book Details

ISBN

9781626728196

First Release

September 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

508.092 B

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 11"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD790L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Roaring Brook

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Rachel Carson (1907–1964), Nature, Animals, Seasons, Plants, Scientists, Biology, Oceans, Scientific research, Authors, Silent Spring, Conservation, Pesticides, Earth, Environmental movement,

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