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Sylvia Earle: Guardian of the Sea (Lerner Biographies) Library Binding – May 1, 2000
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Grade 5-9-A readable, reasonably detailed biography of the marine biologist and deep-sea diver who, like Jacques Cousteau, has been a major guardian voice for our planetary ocean. Baker's rather staid text accurately follows Earle's career, from her childhood fascination with a backyard pond to her many projects and expeditions, and ends in 1998, when she was named Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society. Numerous black-and-white and full-color photographs document Earle's life, from writing letters to Santa Claus with her brothers to exploring the Persian Gulf after the Gulf War. This book conveys the subject's enthusiasm for diving and her daring in undertaking dangerous projects, but for an exposure to her personal keenness, team it with Earle's own simpler Dive! My Adventures in the Deep Frontier (National Geographic, 1999).
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 4-7. This readable, nonformulaic biography in the Lerner Biographies series discusses the life of Earle, who began her career as a marine scientist in the late 1950s, a time when women were not so easily accepted into the scientific world. She was among the team of women of NASA's Tektite II mission, the first in which women scientists lived and worked in an underwater laboratory. Working with a filmmaker from National Geographic, she was one of the first humans to swim with whales, later becoming a champion of the antiwhaling movement. She was the first explorer to walk the ocean floor, and she wore the famous "Jim" suit to explore depths of the ocean previously unseen. Excellent photos depict her various work environments as well as some of the beautiful sea creatures she encountered. Appendixes include a glossary, index, bibliography, and resource list. Helen Rosenberg
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Her life is a shining example for all to strive and achieve their highest goals. It is of particular significance to young girls, who can read about Ms. Earle's pursuits and enter arenas that they might have thought were closed to them. Although the book is geared toward 9-14 year olds, it is an enjoyable read for all who have ever dreamed.