Rachel Carson’s Wonder-Filled World By Kate Hannigan; Illustrated by Katie Hickey

Rachel Carson’s Wonder-Filled World

How the Scientist, Writer, and Nature-Lover Changed the Environmental Movement

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This STEAM picture book biography highlights how scientist and writer Rachel Carson became the author of the groundbreaking book Silent Spring and the mother of the modern environmental movement.

Rachel Carson wasn’t always the Rachel Carson, renowned environmental activist. From her earliest years, Rachel had a passion for nature—to her, it was a fairyland, and she loved to write about her adventures and the creatures she saw. Encouraged by teachers, Rachel wanted nothing more than to study the ocean and its inhabitants. Though unable to finish her PhD due to financial constraints, Rachel found work in science and success as a nature writer.

In the course of her work, Rachel learned about the harm caused by recently developed pesticides and chemicals that made their way into the environment. Desperate to protect nature for future generations even as her health declined, she penned the famous book Silent Spring—a call to action against the threat of the deadly chemicals. The book is anything but quiet, selling more than 2 million copies and leading directly to changes like the Clean Air Act of 1963 and the Clean Water Act of 1972.

Kate Hannigan, the author of several award-winning children’s books, joins her talents with Katie Hickey, a longtime illustrator of popular picture book biographies, to bring the mother of the environmental movement to life for a new generation of readers.

Book Details

Format: Hardcover
Price: 18.99 USD / 24.99 CAD
Published: 2025-03-11
ISBN: 9781662680571
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Page Count: 40
Trim Size: 10 x 11
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"This book artfully illustrates Rachel Carson's inspirational work as a writer, scientist, and pioneering environmentalist."Mark Madison, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Historian

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