Otis & Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere
Otis & Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere

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Annotation: A biographical account of engineer Otis Barton and naturalist Will Beebe's record-setting descent into the deep ocean in their Bathysphere craft, making the men the first humans to witness deep sea creatures in their natural habitat.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #183794
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Roy, Katherine,
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-39382-7 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4994-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-39382-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4994-7
Dewey: 920
LCCN: 2017031532
Dimensions: 30 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In the early twentieth century, the deep sea was still a total mystery, and it wasn't until Otis Barton and Will Beebe designed and dove in a bathysphere that anyone saw it firsthand. Rosenstock begins with the aquanauts' backgrounds rton's early designs for a diving helmet; Beebe's career as an explorer fore describing their daring design, a metal sphere just big enough to hold two people. With risks of leaks, explosions, and suffocation, the dive was dramatic on its own, but Rosenstock and Roy imbue the scenes with even more suspense. A repeated refrain of "down, down, down" and ever-darkening backgrounds punctuated by moments of gasp-inducing mishaps ratchet up the tension, but when they finally make it to 800 feet below the ocean surface, it's all worth it for the view of glowing, alien creatures, which Roy powerfully depicts in a swirling, dusky double-gatefold spread. Roy renders the bathysphere and the deep-sea creatures with precision, while the scientists have a pleasant vintage look. An author's note offers even more background on the pioneering scientists.
Horn Book
[add subject: Exploration and explorers]Rosenstock presents a gripping account of Otis Barton and Will Beebe's historic 1930 journey into the deep ocean. Otis and Will were fascinated by ocean life as boys. As adults, they partner up, and with a team of scientists build the Bathysphere, a five-thousand-pound diving tank. Roy's fluid watercolors and dramatic perspectives capture the heart-pounding emotion of the scientists' dangerous journey eight hundred feet underwater. Bib.
Kirkus Reviews
Otis Barton and Will Beebe, unified in their scientific curiosity about the deep sea, team up to innovate the 5,000-pound bathysphere, making history in 1930 with their initial 800-foot dive.The younger of the two, Barton sought out the famous explorer Beebe, correcting his prototypical calculations and sharing his own design. Rosenstock provides physical and logistical details, including how the two tall men fit themselves into a bolted-shut globe "the size of a tiny closet." The narrative focuses on the drama, delivering bursts of information throughout the descent, as the crew above periodically halts progress to check the bathysphere's cables. "300 feet. Stop. / ‘We're leaking!' Otis cried. A trickle seeped through the hatch door….Would a tiny leak stop?" At 800 feet, a double gatefold opens to the bathysphere, dwarfed by the expanse of ink-blue sea, its searchlight illuminating thick schools of fish, squid, and jellies. (The choice of a horizontal instead of vertical gatefold composition sidesteps an opportunity to visually dramatize the dangerous descent.) Roy's multimedia paintings deliver plenty of contrasts, from boyhood scenes to events aboard the ship and undersea; endpapers depict creatures that dwell at several different ocean depths. Barton and Beebe are white; Roy depicts several male brown-skinned crew members and one white female research assistant.Rosenstock and Roy's collaboration celebrates scientific teamwork and an exciting first in deep-sea exploration. (author's note, illustrator's note, historical note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-8)
Publishers Weekly
Rosenstock (Dorothea-s Eyes) provides a vivid account of a history-making dive of the submersible Bathysphere. In 1930, eminent scientist William Beebe and Bathysphere designer Otis Barton descend more than 800 feet in a herky-jerky plunge that Roy (How to Be an Elephant) depicts with stylized, action-packed watercolors. Text placed vertically alongside pictures of the swinging sphere (the repeated phrase -down, down into the deep- steps down the page) pulls the reader further into inky blue-black darkness: -400 feet. Stop. Colder. Breathe in. 500 feet. Stop. Darker. Breathe out.- Spreads alternate between scenes of the two explorers working inside the cramped Bathysphere and exterior views of the descent. The tale of this perilous expedition climaxes in a spectacular gatefold showing the small searchlight-lit vehicle hanging amid myriad whitish-gray sea creatures, in an expanse of dark water. Archival photographs, a source list, and lengthy author and illustrator notes conclude this tribute to the power of curiosity, imagination, and ambition. Ages 4-8. Author-s agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. Illustrator-s agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (June)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 910
Reading Level: 3.6
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 196782 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q74909
Lexile: 620L

The suspenseful, little-known true story of two determined pioneers who made the first dive into the deep ocean.

On June 6, 1930, engineer Otis Barton and explorer Will Beebe dove into the ocean inside a hollow metal ball of their own invention called the Bathysphere.

They knew dozens of things might go wrong. A tiny leak could shoot pressurized water straight through the men like bullets! A single spark could cause their oxygen tanks to explode! No one had ever dived lower than a few hundred feet...and come back. But Otis and Will were determined to become the first people to see what the deep ocean looks like.

This suspenseful story from acclaimed author Barb Rosenstock with mesmerizing watercolors by award-winning artist Katherine Roy will put you right in the middle of the spine-tingling, record-setting journey down, down into the deep.

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