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Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earleby Claire A. Nivola
Synopses & Reviews
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 shes 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 Sylvias growing passion and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world. This picture book biography also includes an informative authors note that will motivate young environmentalists.
Life in the Ocean is one of The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012
"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Claire A. Nivola has written and illustrated many books for children, including most recently Orani. She is also the author of Planting the Trees of Kenya, a picture book about Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai. She lives with her husband in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts.
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