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Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: 04/06/17
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh is a picture book biography of Marie Tharp, the woman who mapped the oceans' floors. The book is written in first person as if Tharp is telling her own life story.
The book, though a mere forty pages, manages to touch on her childhood and love of maps (her father was a surveyor and cartographer), her education (including the setbacks she faced as a woman), her idea and work on the map, and finally it's reception.
Besides Burleigh's first person narrative, the different points in Tharp's life are beautifully illustrated by Raúl Colón. He employs a texturing technique to bring movement and dimension into each piece — so that one can see he curls in Tharp's hair, the flow of the ocean's waves, the type of wood that might have been used to make her desk. The amount of care taken in each of these illustrations is impressive and I spent extra time on each page just taking in the craftsmanship.
Comment #1: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 00:04:14
This sounds so interesting -- a biography and picture book. I will look for this to encourage my Grandchildren to share it with me. Thanks for your sharing it.
Comment #2: Monday, April 10, 2017 at 21:33:00
Robert Burleigh seems to specialize in nonfiction picture books, though not all of them are biographies.