For those of you who don’t know, Rachel Louise Carson was a renowned woman environmentalist  (before it became fashionable) who proved women scientists were as good as men. She wrote a landmark book titled Silent Spring, which first sparked people’s interest in caring for their environment.

In this biography, Rachel Carson: Friend of the Earth by Francene Sabin, we find out that Carson was born on May 27, 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania. As a child, Carson learned from her mother to keep the world the pretty place it was, to keep it clean and to protect animals that lived around her. These lessons would help her later.

Rachel Carson: Friend of the Earth

Carson attended the Pennsylvania College for Women where she wanted to study biology and graduated as a marine biologist. But a pivotal moment in her life came when she learned about a pesticide called DDT. The chemical was meant to kill insects, but the birds that ate the insects died as well.

Carson wanted people to know what this cruel pesticide did, so she wrote a book. She had written books before, but nobody paid a lot of attention. A big war was just starting–the Vietnam War– and she knew that people would be worrying about that and not the Earth. Carson knew her book had to stand out.

Her book, Silent Spring, did stand out and won many awards. It explained how a chemical that humans used on their crops wound up everywhere–in the water, in the birds and even in us.

I loved this book, because I am very into saving the Earth, like Rachel. My favorite part was when Rachel adopted her nephew and taught him all she knew about saving the environment.