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Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle (edition 2012)

by Claire A. Nivola

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Title:Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
Authors:Claire A. Nivola
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2012), Hardcover, 32 pages
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Tags:Easy, Gr.1-3, Gr.3-5, Biography, Science

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Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola

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A great story on the life of Sylvia Earle. This book would be a great resource in the classroom when talking about the ocean, biology, and creatures in the sea.
I loved the use of color, the illustrations made this story much more enjoyable and come to life. ( )
  lindsayeubanks | May 29, 2016 |
A biography about Sylvia Earle, this nonfiction book goes in detail about the life of Sylvia and how she became interested in the ocean. Her family moved to Clearwater, Florida and from there, she instantly fell in love with water and the ocean due to the Gulf of Mexico. She began her journey to the ocean swimming deep within the ocean to discover the wild life of the ocean in addition to designing oceanic equipment.

I personally find this book to be informative and accurate when it comes to exploring the oceans. The oceans are amazing beautiful and I love how this woman succeeds in making her dreams true to being an oceanographer. This is a good book to use for biography day in addition to exploring science and biography in general. ( )
  jhcao20 | Apr 26, 2016 |
The book written by Clair A. Nivola is a captivating one. This story is about Sylvia Earle who fell in love with the ocean as a little girl. Sylvia’s family moves to a home near the town of Clearwater, Florida. Though she loses a lot of what she loves, she gains even more. The water of the Gulf of Mexico were so close and Sylvia instantly falls in love. As she gets older, she begins swimming with the whales, taking deep water walks, and even designing submersibles. She soon learns about “the blue hear of the planet” and becomes attached quickly. The story goes on to describe Sylvia’s journey throughout this all. This book teaches readers about what is out there in the ocean and Gulf of Mexico through Sylvia’s story. I enjoyed reading this story and would recommend it for kids k-3! ( )
  Diana_94 | Apr 19, 2016 |
The original book that I evaluated was Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola. This book is also a partial biography on Sylvia Earle. In the main story, there are no dates of any of her achievements expects for her participation with the Tektite II in 1970. There is no mention of her difficulties as a female scientist in the mid-20th century.

This book contains beautiful illustrations of the ocean life Sylvia Earle might have viewed on one of her many dives. This book would be great for young children. ( )
  mwestholz | Mar 31, 2016 |
I liked this book for several different reasons. To me the language and illustrations stood out the most and made the story even better. The book described the fascinating life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle and her love for the ocean and its creatures. Sylvia’s interest for science and oceans began when she was a child, but the book also mentions some of her greatest accomplishments and advancements for oceanography. The author includes clear descriptions of Sylvia’s adventures to enhance language, “From the ocean floor sprang a field of bamboo coral, some stalks taller than she was. Then she touched the top of the long pale spirals”.

I also was intrigued by the colorful and detailed illustrations. Every page included a landscape of the ocean with Sylvia on her adventures and this really enhanced the story. The colorful coral and fish were a great addition and really kept me interested while reading. The main message conveyed in the book is that, discoveries are only made if you devote time, effort and have a genuine interest in changing the way people see the world. Sylvia wants others to see what she found from researching the ocean, but this was only possible because of her hard work. ( )
  gretchencompere | Mar 6, 2016 |
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For Po and his extraordinary Fihs World, and for Alycia and her inspired love of the natural world
With thanks to Dr. James McCarthy of Harvard University for his careful attention and invaluable advise, and to Sylvia Earle and her daughter, Liz, for their support and encouragement throughout
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Seen from above, Earth's land seems to float likes islands on a vast sea - there is so much more blue than green!
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How could she feel lonely when every "spoonful" of water was filled with life!
Pictures of whales, says Sylvia, make them look "big and fat and ponderous and lumpy ... Whales are like swallows ... like otters ... They move in any direction. They swim upside down. They're vertical. They're very which way ... They are sleek and elegant and gorgeous, among the most exquisite creatures on the planet. They move like ballerinas ... Rollicking, frolicking creatures, doing all this wonderful dancing in the sea."
"I'm changed forever because I lived underwater for two weeks in 1970. I wish that everybody could go live underwater if only for a day." (Sylvia Earle)
One expedition, 3,000 feet down, was, Sylvia says, like "diving into a galaxy."
We have explored only 5 percent of the ocean. We know more about the planets in outer space than we know about the sea on our very own home planet!
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:34 -0400)

A picture book biography tells the story of Sylvia Earle's growing passion for the wonders of the sea and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world.

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