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|Author: Fran Hodgkins
Illustrator: Cris Arbo
Retail Price: Paperback • $11.95
The Earth Heroes books feature the youth, careers and lasting contributions of some of the world’s greatest naturalists and environmentalists. This second book in the series for upper elementary and middle school children introduces great conservationists who explored the oceans and worked to save otters, whales, sharks, sunfish, and other inhabitants of the deep. In almost all cases they were scientists as well as activists and authors, and their passion made a lasting contribution to the world.
This volume includes William Beebe, who climbed into a bathysphere and discovered exotic life more than a half mile down; Archie Carr, who discovered the plight of the sea turtles and did much to save them; Jacques Cousteau, inventor of the scuba diving equipment and brought ocean life to televisions across the world; Margaret Wentworth Owings, founder of Friends of the Sea Otter and tireless crusader for marine wildlife; Eugenie Clark, the “shark lady” who showed that sharks are not mindless killers; Roger Payne, who discovered that whales communicate by “singing”; Sylvia Earle, pioneer Jim Suit and submersible diver; and Tierney Thys, who unraveled the mysteries of the ocean sunfish and brought expanded ocean awareness to TV audiences.
For a fascinating look at Cris Arbo’s way of illustrating, see her commentary at Behind the Scenes with Cris Arbo.
- Mom’s Choice Award (Gold)
- iParenting Media Award
- ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award (Finalist)
- Green Book Festival Award, 2010 (Honorable Mention)
- Nashville Book Festival, 2009 (Honorable Mention)
- New England Book Festival, 2009 (Honorable Mention)
— Jean-Michel Cousteau
Founder – Ocean Futures Society (July 2009)
“The ocean is the final frontier of environmental exploration on Earth – its secrets have only truly begun to unfold during the last 100 years. Earth Heroes: Champions of the Ocean sheds light on how the mysteries of the ocean’s dark depths have begun to unravel by profiling eight 20th-century pioneers of ocean exploration and conservation: William Beebe, Archie Carr, Jacques Cousteau, Margaret Owings, Eugenie Clark, Roger Payne, Sylvia Earle and Tierney Thys. The book introduces marine science concepts, vocabulary and history in a well-written and easy-to-read narrative format for 12-15 year olds. Accompanied by (black & white) photographs and beautiful pencil illustrations, Champions provides a glimpse into the ocean explorers’ motivations and career accomplishments. Timelines accompany each biography to place the profiled lives into historical context. It closes with a call to action, encouraging young readers to become homegrown activists and citizen-scientists, and provides preliminary ideas for ways to get involved.”
— Green Teacher (Spring 2011)
“In the deepest, darkest spots of the ocean, there is still light, but not provided by the sun. Earth Heroes: Champions of the Ocean looks into the stories of eight extraordinary young people who made a radical difference in science’s approach to the last of Earth’s greatest enigmas, the ocean. From fish that provide life, to disproving the bloodthirsty nature of sharks, these are exceptional stories that will inspire many young would-be oceanologists. Earth Heroes: Champions of the Ocean is a fine addition to young adult science collections.”
— Midwest Book Reviews (October 2009)