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Secrets of the Sea:

The Story of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist

National Science Teachers Association Best STEM Books Selection | School Library Journal Starred Review | Chicago Public Library’s Best Informational Books for Younger Readers Selection | Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year Pick | Rise: A Feminist Book Project Selection


The curiosity, drive, and perseverance of the 19th-century woman scientist who pioneered the use of aquariums to study ocean life are celebrated in this gorgeous, empowering picture book.

How did a 19th-century dressmaker revolutionize science? Jeanne Power was creative: she wanted to learn about the creatures that swim beneath the ocean waves, so she built glass tanks and changed the way we study underwater life forever. Jeanne Power was groundbreaking: she solved mysteries of sea animals and published her findings at a time when few of women’s contributions to science were acknowledged. Jeanne Power was persistent: when records of her research were lost, she set to work repeating her studies. And when men tried to take credit for her achievements, she stood firm and insisted on the recognition due to her. Jeanne Power was inspiring, and the legacy of this pioneering marine scientist lives on in every aquarium.

Praise for Secrets of the Sea

★ "An excellent purchase for elementary school collections because of the focus on an unsung female scientist paired with solid back matter and beautiful illustrations."—School Library Journal starred review


SECRETS OF THE SEA featured on "Story Time at Sea"
The crew of research expedition ship E/V Nautilus reads SECRETS OF THE SEAat sea!  Click here for supplemental educational resources.
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I love connecting with kids and educators! I offer virtual and in-person school and library visits, and I have a presentation on SECRETS OF THE SEA. *Discounted rates are available for schools/educators who have incorporated SECRETS OF THE SEA into in-class science units.*

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