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Life in the Ocean

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Life in the Ocean

The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

By Claire A. Nivola; Claire A. Nivola (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374380687, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 13, 2012


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 she's 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 Sylvia's growing passion and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world. This picture book biography also includes an informative author's note that will motivate young environmentalists.

Life in the Ocean is one of The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012

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.

Praise For Life in the Ocean

"...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