Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage
By Sophie Webb
80 pages, ages 9 & up
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2011
Biologist and artist Sophie Webb takes readers aboard a research vessel an out to sea. This time she’s joined a research team to explore the tropical Pacific Ocean where they study whales, dolphins, sea birds and deep sea creatures. When she’s not on watch or collecting samples, Webb paints the ocean life around her. She works with pencils and watercolors – easy to pack on her journeys.
Webb and her crew head out in July for a five-month cruise that takes them from San Diego, CA to Hawaii to Ecuador and points in between. She heads each chapter with latitude and longitude, describes the nitty-gritty details of daily life aboard a research vessel, paints the squid larvae, flying fish and other creatures they encounter, and tosses in a few maps and graphs to keep it interesting. A great book that reminds young readers that there are plenty of adventures out there for curious biologists – and artists.