Life in the Ocean : the Story of oceanographer Sylvia Earle. 2.16.2013

Life in the ocean : the story of oceanographer Sylvia Earle / Claire A. Nivola. New York, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012.

LCCN 2011016645   ISBN 9780374380687, hardback, 17.9899.

1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.       Grades 2-5

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Earle, Sylvia A.–1935-                       Marine biologists.

Born in 1935, Sylvia Earle first explores the pond on her family’s New Jersey farm, collecting specimens and recording her “investigations.” A move to Florida when she is 12 broadens her fascination with aquatic life as she snorkels in the clear water of the Gulf of Mexico. She aspires to remarkable accomplishments as a diver and researcher, living for two weeks in a deep-sea station, exploring the ocean floor, and immersing herself among the whales and other sea creatures.

This beautifully written and illustrated picture book biography is a gem for children of all ages. Simply and captivatingly told, Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle introduces young readers to a true pioneer and to the interesting methods used to explore the ocean world. Walking underwater in an aqua suit, traveling in a spherical bubble, and diving in a submersible ship, Earle has a passion for the deep and its hidden splendor. Author Claire A. Nivola’s gentle pictures capture the spirit of the adventurous Sylvia Earle, who likens the sound of singing whales to being “inside the heart of an orchestra” and inspires us to discover and care about the wondrous oceans of the earth. An author’s note addressing current environmental concerns and a selected bibliography challenge older readers to learn more.

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