Discover Rachel Carson's big ideas about protecting ecosystems and ways even the youngest kids can help, too!
Even little children can make a positive impact on the environment. Rachel Carson was an environmentalist who studied the way the land, plants, and animals interact with each other, beginning when she was a child. She noticed that everything is connected, and all of nature must stay healthy for living things to thrive. When she realized that the chemicals people used outdoors were making plants, animals, and even other people sick, she began teaching others about the ecosystems, and how we must take care of them to keep the Earth balanced.
Kids will see, through Rachel’s curiosity and passion for all creatures, that even seemingly small choices can have big consequences on the world around them.
Look for all of the books in the Big Ideas for Little Environmentalists series: Conservation with Jane Goodall, Restoration with Wangari Maathai, and Preservation with Aldo Leopold.
About the Author
Maureen McQuerry is an award-winning children's author, poet, and teacher. She is a former middle and high school teacher with a specialty in gifted education and has a master’s degree in early education. In 2000 she was awarded the McAuliffe Teaching Fellowship for Washington State. Maureen currently supervises student teachers for Washington State University.
Robin Rosenthal is an illustrator and art director. She has illustrated Two Dogs on A Trike and the Big Ideas for Little Philosophers series of board books. She grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. You can see more of her work at robinrosenthal.com
“McQuerry explains in clear, straightforward diction, tracing [Rachel Carson's] thoughts on nature from childhood onward, with interspersed questions directing the audience to consider their own paths: 'What part of nature do you like to watch and learn about?' . . . Plants the seeds of environmentalism for listeners new to the subject.” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for the Big Ideas for Little Environmentalists series: "This valuable series introduces young readers to celebrated environmentalists, describing their awareness and care for nature as children to their inspirational work as adults to protect the Earth. . . Children need to hear these names early on." —School Library Journal on Conservation wth Jane Goodall