Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary, Intermediate
Author: Barb Rosenstock
Illustrator: Katherine Roy
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Who would be the first to discover the deep, deep ocean? Otis Barton loved the ocean so much that he invented a way to breathe underwater as a boy. Will Beebe studied nature and traveled the world finding new species of animals. When Otis was in college studying machines, he reached out to Will, who had plans for a diving tank. Together they perfected the plans and invented the Bathysphere. On their inaugural dive they descended 800 feet to be the first to see the deep, deep ocean.
The thrilling journey in the Bathysphere is wonderfully articulated in this nonfiction picture book. Beautiful imagery is crafted through accurate language and detailed watercolor illustrations. The author’s and illustrator’s notes at the end of the book contain further background of Otis and Will and photographs at the dive site. It also contains a note from Constance Carter, one of Will Beebe’s assistants. The end papers feature sea life that the duo would have seen on their journey to the deep. This book inspires curiosity for the beginning of deep ocean life discovery.