Reviews for Sylvia Earle : Guardian of the Sea


Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 October 2000
Gr. 4-7. This readable, nonformulaic biography in the Lerner Biographies series discusses the life of Earle, who began her career as a marine scientist in the late 1950s, a time when women were not so easily accepted into the scientific world. She was among the team of women of NASA's Tektite II mission, the first in which women scientists lived and worked in an underwater laboratory. Working with a filmmaker from National Geographic, she was one of the first humans to swim with whales, later becoming a champion of the antiwhaling movement. She was the first explorer to walk the ocean floor, and she wore the famous "Jim" suit to explore depths of the ocean previously unseen. Excellent photos depict her various work environments as well as some of the beautiful sea creatures she encountered. Appendixes include a glossary, index, bibliography, and resource list. --Helen Rosenberg Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Spring
This upbeat account of a famous marine biologist's life primarily emphasizes her contributions to public awareness of the importance of ocean study. While the text touches on challenges Earle faced as a woman in a scientific field, most slights and trials are downplayed. The book is illustrated with photographs of Earle (none of which is recent), her colleagues, and the marine life of her studies. Bib., glos., ind. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 2000 November
Gr 5-9-A readable, reasonably detailed biography of the marine biologist and deep-sea diver who, like Jacques Cousteau, has been a major guardian voice for our planetary ocean. Baker's rather staid text accurately follows Earle's career, from her childhood fascination with a backyard pond to her many projects and expeditions, and ends in 1998, when she was named Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society. Numerous black-and-white and full-color photographs document Earle's life, from writing letters to Santa Claus with her brothers to exploring the Persian Gulf after the Gulf War. This book conveys the subject's enthusiasm for diving and her daring in undertaking dangerous projects, but for an exposure to her personal keenness, team it with Earle's own simpler Dive! My Adventures in the Deep Frontier (National Geographic, 1999).-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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