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Robert Burleigh

Biography

Robert Burleigh

Robert Burleigh

Books by Robert Burleigh

Written by Robert Burleigh with illustrations by Raul Colon - Biography, Children's 4-8, Nature, Women's History
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.
written by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Wendell Minor - Children's, Picture

As a boy, Edward Hopper knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: on the cover of his pencil box, he wrote the words EDWARD HOPPER, WOULD-BE ARTIST. He traveled to New York and to Paris to hone his craft. And even though no one wanted to buy his paintings for a long time, he never stopped believing in his dream to be an artist. He was fascinated with painting light and shadow and his works explore this challenge.

written by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson