Earth Heroes: Champions of the Ocean (Earth Heroes Series), by Fran Hodgkins and illustrated by Cris Arbo
Synopsis: 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.
Published: September 2009 | ISBN: 978-1584691198 | Ages: 10-13 years
Illustrator’s Homepage: http://www.crisarbo.com
In addition to introducing us to some remarkable “oceanauts” like my father Jacques Cousteau, this book takes us on a journey of their lives through engaging stories about how they became who they are and why. It?s a reminder that everyone has a contribution to make to improve the world just by being themselves.
— Jean-Michel Cousteau, Founder, Ocean Futures Society (July 2009)
The stories of these scientists and explorers can inspire young people to become stewards of our ocean planet – as they have inspired me. I count several of these ocean heroes as friends; their passionate commitment to healthy oceans offers us all hope for the future.
— Julie Packard, Exec. Dir. – Monterey Bay Aquarium (July 2009)
These are true ocean champions. They used their science to better understand the ocean, and their passion and communications skills to connect people to the ocean and its living creatures and to fight to protect them.
— Jerry R. Schubel, President, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA (July 2009)
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