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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 1170L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374380686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374380687
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the varied images, atypical seascapes, and account of how one individual was able to realize her goal to see these wonders should spark the imaginations of countless budding scientists."--Science

 

“Nivola’s mixed-media paintings are undeniably lovely, with myriad shades of blue bathing familiar and mysterious forms of sea life at different ocean depths…”--BCCB

 

"...exquisitely detailed..."--Horn Book

 

“…sure to inspire the next generation…”--Booklist, starred

 

"Readers lucky enough to dive into the unknown world of the renowned oceanographer will discover how a child’s curiosity grew into a passion to explore and protect ‘the blue heart of the planet.’”--School Library Journal, starred
 
“Young explorers will be happy to dive into this captivatingly illustrated biography of the renowned oceanographer.”--Kirkus, starred

 

“…the sea takes center stage, inviting readers to swim along with Earle herself.”--New York Times

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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4.1 out of 5 stars

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Format: Hardcover
The farm on the outskirts of Paulsboro, New Jersey was teeming with life and Sylvia roamed the grounds, anxious to learn its secrets. There were gardens, trees, insects, animals, a pond, and a creek that awaited for her visits. She'd "sit by herself--very still and for a very long time--waiting and watching to see what was going on in the pond, or under a fallen tree in the woods." She had a sketchbook beside her as she carefully observed life in and around the farm. There was so much to see that Sylvia probably could have spent many lifetimes watching the mix of life on the farm.

Like the seasons, life suddenly changed for Sylvia when she was twelve. Her family decided to move to a home near the town of Clearwater, Florida. Everything she'd loved was suddenly gone, but there was something equally amazing waiting for her, something that would capture her imagination like nothing before. The blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico were practically on her doorstep and Sylvia once again began her "investigations." The water was filled with seahorses, schools of tiny swirling fish, starfish, and amazing plant life. And then there were the whales ...

This is a wonderfully touching story about Sylvia Earle, a woman of the sea. Later in life Sylvia became a "prominent and compelling advocate for the ocean." This beautiful, stunning tale was quite fascinating as we watch a young girl fall madly in love with the ocean. The artwork had a very appealing classic folksy appearance when Sylvia was on the farm and changed becoming a powerfully focused underwater adventure canvas. In the back of the book the author takes a closer look at Sylvia's life and discusses environmental concerns about the ocean. Portraits of ocean creatures frame this two-page dialogue. In the back of the book is a selected bibliography. This is a perfect selection for the young ocean lover and environmentalist to enjoy and explore!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Parca on October 17, 2012
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I just love this book. I bought it at SOCAP this year, and it is as much a book for adults as it is for children. It delivers some powerful messages about nature, our world, our future, all that written so that children can read it too. The illustrations are the best I have ever seen, so delicate and beautiful, precious. Sylvia Earle, the book heroine, is the renowned world oceanographer, an amazing woman who devoted her entire life to the inexplicable beauty beneath our seas. This book, its ideas, and its illustrations are all must-haves!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.O. Life Coach on April 5, 2013
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So glad to share this story with my k students. The illustrations are great and the topic choice (woman oceanographer Sylvia Earle) very inspiring. I do have to say the language isn't all that accessible for 5 and 6 year olds, a little too complex. Really wanted a book for my k girl students to have as role model. All in all a good book to read along with Manfish and another book about Jacques Cousteau.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shnaydo on September 5, 2012
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We picked this up from the library. It was SUCH a surprise when we opened the cover!!! Written in a beautiful "living books" manner, it truly caused us all to think of the ocean in a new way. I was captivated by it and am purchasing it for our home library. DELIGHTFUL and magical!
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I love informative little picture books like this that introduce me to someone that I would have otherwise probably never heard of. Sylvia Earle was to oceanography what Amelia Earhart was to the aviation. Passionate about life underwater Sylvia endeavored to spend as much time in this unexplored environment as possible. Along the way she set many records and earned a reputation as a knowledgeable advocate for our oceans. I look forward to learning more about her.
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By Toireasa on June 13, 2014
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Oldest grand daughter has had a spike in curiosity about oceans. I thought a book on oceanography by a female writing about a female oceanographer was a great option. Girl power!
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By Diana Prince on May 19, 2014
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I'm always looking for good female role models for my daughter as well as good books with pretty illustrations, and this meets all my requirements.
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By Michele Siouris on December 10, 2013
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It is a great way for children to learn about how important the ocean, since the future is in their hands.
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