Book of the Week: Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea

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While perusing the Chinaberry catalog, I came across this delightful picture book which tells the story of scientist Marie Tharp and how she mapped the ocean floor.
From the publisher Simon & Schuster:
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.

To enhance the story telling experience, the text is paired with incandescent paintings by artist Raul Colon. Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea is a joy for children of all ages!

Kathy Alphs

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