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Have you every wondered what exactly is under all that water that makes up the Atlantic Ocean and other oceans in the world? Lots of research has been and continues to be done on the animals that live inside ocean waters and even make the ocean floor home, not much heard about the earth floor. While searching for a new S.T.E.M. book to highlight, we discovered a biography in the children’s books section of the library that tells us about a female scientist, Marie Tharp, a 20th Century geologist and oceanographic cartographer. Entitled, Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea – written by Robert Burleigh, and illustrated by Raul Colón, it is a biographical account of her life, her achievements in mapping the ocean floor, while overcoming the challenges she faced as a woman in a male-dominated field. A great read for grades 2 – 4.

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A Review from Library School Journal

Gr2 to Gr4

“In this excellent biography of scientist Marie Tharp, Burleigh, writing in the first person, allows this adept geologist and oceanographic cartographer to tell her own story. Map lover Tharp became one of the 20th century’s most important scientists, despite working in a field that greatly favored men. With fellow geologist Bruce Heezen, she mapped the world’s oceans. Colón’s signature softly hued, textured watercolors greatly enhance the text. One image depicts a research ship in the water upon which scientists took measurements called soundings to chart the ocean’s depth. The writing is accessible and immediate, and though Burleigh acknowledges that Tharp was a woman working in a man’s field, he casts her story in a happy light. A biographical page is appended, as well as thorough back matter. VERDICT A finely told, beautifully illustrated biography that saves a world class scientist from obscurity.” —Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI

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“The oceans contain the smallest and largest creatures, the tallest mountains and deepest valleys, and the hottest and coldest waters. This book encourages the discovery of just how critical the oceans are to our planet.”–Grade 4-6–

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“From the illustrator who showed the periodic table in a whole new light and gave us his fresh spin on physics, biology, astronomy, rocks and minerals, planet earth and chemistry, comes Basher Science: Oceans, Making Waves! created and illustrated by Simon Basher and written by Dan Green to give us a look into our magical and mysterious oceans.

Not content to stay on dry land, Basher takes to the high seas in this friendly guide to everything above and below the oceans. Meet the members of the Shoreline Gang, the Deep-down Dandies, and the characters in the Open-water Crew. Encounter deep trenches, curious creatures, mountains taller than any you will find on land, and the mixers and stirrers that keep the water flowing. Throughout it all, Basher’s bold, cheerful artwork pairs with rock solid scientific information to personalize readers’ understanding of Earth’s mysterious underwater world.” – Grade 4-6 –

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