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Life in the Ocean by Claire A. Nivola
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May 19, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 4-gr3-5-upper-elem, a-bio-autobio-memoir, a-nonfic, a-pic-bk, c-animals-as-companions, c-science-technology
Read in May, 2012

Beginning with a one-page overview of the importance of the world's oceans, this biographical story of Sylvia Earle follows her life from a childhood on a farm in New Jersey, to her teen years at an ocean-side home in Florida, to her career as an oceanography. She was a botanist and biologist before she even knew what that meant, and devoted her life to knowing more about the oceans so that we may all care more about them.

This story is excellently done. The illustrations capture the wonder of the underwater world Earle explores, and the information - both shared during the story and in an afterward - is intriguing. There are labeled illustrations of different ocean life in the back that students could use to identify the creatures pictured throughout the book. In school, the book could be used to introduce habitat, careers, or even the words botanist and biologists which students could be asked to figure out through context. I loved this book. (essential for elem sch lib)

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