|Rachel S. Roberts' Writings
When I was in the ninth grade, I won a scholarship to attend a conservation camp. I won because I submitted a short essay about why I’d like to go. I don’t why I did such a thing, but I did. Off I went to camp, where I fell head over heels in love with nature. My absolutely favorite book at the time was The Web of Life by John H. Storer. Its subtitle was “The World of Nature in Action.” A Signet Key Book, it cost 35 cents. I still have the book. Its pages are brown with age, and the cover is faded and has come unglued. By today’s standards, it would be termed a book about preserving our environment. Incidentally, after that success, I began to submit material to other competitions and was successful in many cases.