Far from Shore (Hardcover)

Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage

By Sophie Webb

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780618597291, 80pp.

Publication Date: June 13, 2011

List Price: 17.99*
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In extremely deep waters (two miles deep), the vast sea appears empty. But as naturalist and artist Sophie Webb shows us, it is full of fascinating—yet difficult to study—life. Together with her shipmates, Sophie counts and collects samples of life in the deep ocean, from seabirds to dolphins, from winged fish to whales. Only their long-term field work can really help scientists determine the health of these remarkable creatures who need the clean deep ocean to survive.

About the Author

Sophie Webb is often at sea. Research ships have taken her to many shores, including those of Hawaii, Mexico, Central and South America, Alaska, and the Antarctic. Her ornithological illustrations appear in A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America, of which she is co-author. She lives in Bolinas, California.

Praise For Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage

"An engagingly direct way of communicating both the science....and how the science is discovered." -- Kirkus
"It is Webb's dual perspective, viewing the world simultaneously through the eyes of researcher and artist, that makes her accounts of nature so appealing." --The Horn Book
"Another fascinating expedition:.the you-are-there immediacy of the narrative-and the clear and colorful watercolor-and-gouache landscapes and drawings of the birds form an appealing travelogue that is as exciting as it is informative." --School Library Journal, starred review
"A good choice for children intrigued by marine biology."--Booklist