- Expected Feb 4, 2020
Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids tells a story of passion, hardship, determination, intelligence and eyes-wide-open observation of the natural world. Rachel Carson was an American biologist, conservationist, science and nature writer, and catalyst of the modern environmental movement. She studied biology in college at a time when few women entered the sciences, and then worked as a biologist and information specialist for the US government and freelanced as a science and nature writer. She is best remembered for her book Silent Spring, which exposed the widespread misuse of chemical pesticides in the United States and sparked both praise and fury.
Carson's personal life, scientific career and writing ideas were rooted in the study of nature. Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids will introduce readers to such concepts from ecology as the components of ecosystems, the needs of living things, energy cycles, food chains and food webs, adaptations by living things, and the balance of ecosystems using examples from Carson's life and writings. This lively biography includes sidebars and 21 hands-on activities that are sure to inspire the next generation of scientists, thinkers, leaders, agricultural producers, environmental activists and world citizens.