When Rachel was a child,
after chores of milking cows
and making cheese, collecting eggs,
Her fondness was for nature books.
Sometimes she made up stories in her head
and wrote them down.
When she was only ten,
she overcame her shyness and,
sent one story to a magazine.
So pleased to see her words in print,
she knew what she would do
when she was not a child–
she’d write about the flowers
bugs and birds and trees
and all things growing wild.
Copyright © 1999 Ann Whitford Paul. From the book All By Herself. Harcourt Children’s Books. Reprinted by permission of the author.
In 1918 Rachel Carson received a ten-dollar prize for the publication of her story “A Battle in the Clouds” in St. Nicholas Magazine. When she grew up, she wrote books that awakened people to the joys of the natural world and to the threats industry poses to plants and wildlife. She is called the mother of the modern ecology movement.
Ann Whitford Paul became inspired to write after years of reading with her children. She’s published 20 books, including All By Herself. When she isn’t writing she loves to listen to her cat’s purr, follow snail trails and watch spiders spin webs. Her web-site is www.annwhitfordpaul.net.