Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea

Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor

Book - 2016
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" A finely told, beautifully illustrated biography that saves a world class scientist from obscurity." -- School Library Journal, starred review

" An ideal introduction to a lesser-known scientist and an important understanding about how the Earth works."-- Kirkus Reviews , starred review

Filled with gorgeous illustrations by acclaimed artist Raúl Colón, this illustrated biography shares the story of female scientist, Marie Tharp, a pioneering woman scientist and the first person to ever successfully map the ocean floor.

Marie Tharp was always fascinated by the ocean. Taught to think big by her father who was a mapmaker, Marie wanted to do something no one had ever done before: map the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Was it even possible? Not sure if she would succeed, Marie decided to give it a try.

Throughout history, others had tried and failed to measure the depths of the oceans. Sailors lowered weighted ropes to take measurements. Even today, scientists are trying to measure the depth by using echo sounder machines to track how long it would take a sound wave sent from a ship to the sea floor to come back. But for Marie, it was like piecing together an immense jigsaw puzzle.

Despite past failures and challenges--sometimes Marie would be turned away from a ship because having a woman on board was "bad luck"--Marie was determined to succeed. And she did, becoming the first person to chart the ocean floor, helping us better understand the planet we call home.

Award-winning author Robert Burleigh tells her story of imagination and perseverance. Beautifully illustrated by Raúl Colón, Look Up! is a book that will inspire readers to follow their dreams.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781481416009
Branch Call Number: j 526.092 THARP M
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Colón, Raúl - Illustrator


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Her father was a mapmaker, but Marie had an unusual mapping idea: she wanted to map the bottom of the ocean!

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vpl_childrens Mar 10, 2018

This book introduces us to the brilliant scientist Marie Tharp. Follow Marie as she grows from a young girl helping her father make maps for farmers to a world famous scientist, the first person to ever draw a map of the ocean floor. After reading this book you’ll want to go find an image of her incredible map that shows the amazing mountains and canyons hidden under our oceans.

LydiatheLibrarian Jun 18, 2016

Marie Tharp loved maps, even as a child. She sometimes felt maps spoke to her, encouraging her to be adventurous and make new discoveries. As an adult, Marie painstakingly created maps of the seafloor throughout the world. Furthermore, her maps & research were pivotal in proving the theory of continental drift.
Told in first-person, this book sheds light on a pioneer in a field of science that is not studied very often. It is also a testament to the power of a childhood passion blossoming into a fulfilling career. Ages 7 - 10


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Apr 13, 2018

svanson thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8


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