Most people know of Rachel Carson through her 1962 book "Silent Spring", but it was her earlier works that _I_ love.
I have reduced my dead-tree library drastically, most of the titles being replaced on my e-reader.
Among the last to go to the local Book Shed were Carson's books on the ocean.
My favourite had always been the 1941 book "Under the Sea Wind", for the storytellingness of it, I think, and I read it to my kids who gave every indication of loving it too.
(I read aloud to them (on request) until they were well into High School when traveling and when we were camping they'd do the dishes while I read, ... "Under The Sea Wind" was a favourite.)
When I checked their availability as eBooks before chucking my old copies out, I found they were available as audio-books as well, so got them and have now remembered why we all loved them so much.
Now, though, it is her 1951 "The Sea Around Us" that has me.
As an introduction to the processes of science itself, as well as to the oceans and their interplay with other forces of nature it is marvelous and I recommend it.
I also really enjoyed having a few days with exceptional internet speeds to be able to follow up on things she spoke of as being well in the future ... like being able to map the ocean floor ... how to measure sea levels around the globe ... so much we take for granted today!
For anyone with kids doing science ... I'd strongly recommend it.
(The reader's accent might bother some people ... but not me . The reading pace is slow, but Carson's sentences tend to be longer than today's and as a slow-grasper-of-ideas AND as a read-aloud person, I understand the slow speed).
From here ... http://www.rachelcarson.org/Books.aspx
The Sea Around Us
"The Sea Around Us" became an overnight best-seller in 1951 and made Rachel Carson the voice of public science in America, an internationally recognized authority on the oceans, and established her reputation as a nature writer of first rank.
It remained on the New York Times best-seller list for a record 86 weeks, and won the National Book award for non-fiction in 1952, as well as the prestigious John Burroughs Award for nature writing among many other awards.
Using her superb research skills and her government knowledge of where to find the right experts, Carson spent nearly eight years researching the latest science on the formation and character of the oceans of our planet.
Much of her research came as a result of data obtained from submarine war-fare of World War II.
The Sea Around Us is a survey of what we know (or then knew) about the seas of the Earth that while scientifically accurate is also filled with art and wonder of discovery.
Carson describes hidden mountains and canyons of the deepest ocean and explains how they were mapped.
She tells us how islands are "born," how they are populated by plants and animals, and how they are altered.
She explains global winds, rains, currents and tides and how our world is primarily a watery globe.
Carson does not neglect mystery and wonder but blends imagination with fact and expert knowledge.
The Sea Around Us became and remains a classic description of the sea, relevant even a half-century later.
It made Rachel Carson a writer of international significance and its financial success allowed her to retire from government service to write full-time.
Author: Rachel Carson
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 12, 1991)
Originally Published: July 1951
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