Monday, August 13, 2012

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

Author / illustrator Claire Nivola, in her picture book biography of Sylvia Earle, writes: "We have explored only 5 percent of the ocean. We know more about the planets in outer space than we know about the sea on our very home planet!" Life in the Ocean introduces a woman of uncommon passion for studying, and saving from extinction, the living beings with whom we share this planet. Earle was born in 1935. She was among the first to explore the depths of the ocean, discovering the beauty that exists thousands of feet below the surface. Her awe and appreciation for the natural world is beautifully rendered in Nivola's detailed artwork. It's an inspiring story for readers of all ages. The simple text has whetted my appetite to learn more about Earle, a remarkable scientist.

Picture book readalikes: Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau (Jennifer Berne); One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin (Kathryn Lasky); Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight to Save the Bays (Molly Bang); and Me-- Jane (Patrick McDonnell).

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