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Life in the Ocean : The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
by Claire A. Nivola


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Sylvia Earle first lost her heart to the ocean as a young girl when she discovered the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico in her backyard. As an adult, she dives even deeper. Whether she's designing submersibles, swimming with the whales, or taking deep-water walks, Sylvia Earle has dedicated her life to learning more about what she calls "the blue heart of the planet." With stunningly detailed pictures of the wonders of the sea, Life in the Ocean tells the story of Sylvia's growing passion and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Sylvia Earle first lost her heart to the ocean as a young girl when she discovered the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico in her backyard. As an adult, she dives even deeper. Whether she's designing submersibles, swimming with the whales, or taking deep-water walks, Sylvia Earle has dedicated her life to learning more about what she calls "the blue heart of the planet." With stunningly detailed pictures of the wonders of the sea, Life in the Ocean tells the story of Sylvia's growing passion and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world. This picture book biography also includes an informative author's note that will motivate young environmentalists.

Life in the Ocean is one of The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780374380687
  • ISBN-10: 0374380686
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Publish Date: March 2012
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Animals - Marine Life
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Girls & Women

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-01-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

Nivola’s (Orani: My Father’s Village) folk-styled paintings immediately pull readers into this short biography of oceanographer Sylvia Earle, a pioneer and entrepreneur in her field who also set an example for women of the mid–20th century. The initial spread of Earle’s childhood farm is a Grandma Moses–like collection of pale greens, earth tones, and diminutive motifs that invites closer inspection to find other details: a pair of mallards in a dusky pond, a red cardinal atop a willow. The panoramic illustrations soon move underwater, as Earle’s family relocates to the Gulf Coast, and her interests lead her deeper into ocean exploration. Especially stunning is a bright watercolor of Earle scuba diving amid a tropical reef, the coral and sea life forming a colorful border as she swims between the pages. The straightforward narrative highlights Earle’s career and also provides a few intimate closeups from specific dives (“Moments before the collision, the whale swerved gracefully, tilting her great head to look into Sylvia’s eyes”). Earle’s zeal for ocean exploration and preservation is evident in this visually striking introduction to a remarkable scientist. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)

 
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