Monday, August 3, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: Into the Deep

Had I ever heard of William Beebe before picking up this book? Nope. Do I want to know more about this really cool guy? Heck yes! Hopefully your kids will too!

Into the Deep: The Life of Naturalist and Explorer William Beebe, is written and illustrated by David Sheldon, and chronicles the life of a man, that was so interested in nature and the world as a whole, he devoted his entire life to exploring it, from the Galapagos Islands, to undiscovered lands in Mexico, and down into the depths of the ocean.

What started as a simple nature hobby, truly blossomed into a life-long passion to learn more about our world. Beebe and a business partner even invented the Bathysphere, a deep-sea diving vessel that would allow them to travel more than 525 feet below the ocean's surface. Quite a feat for 1928!

Told in a story format, children can easily read and learn about this really cool guy, without being bogged down with facts, figures, and timelines, all of which often turn some kids off of non-fiction reading. There is a "Diving Deeper into the Story" section at the back of the book, along with some quotes, a glossary, and additional resources.

Having books in our libraries that are on individuals or topics that aren't necessarily "common" is a great way to get children to expand their knowledge base (and us adults too!). I had never heard of Beebe before reading this book, as I'm sure many children haven't either, and I'm ready to learn more.

A great selection for libraries or for homeschool use.

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

Into the Deep: The Life of Naturalist William Beebe
David Sheldon
48 pages
July 2009

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