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Books with author Claire A. Nivola

  • Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

    Claire A. Nivola

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), March 13, 2012)
    Sylvia Earle first lost her heart to the ocean as a young girl when she discovered the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico in her backyard. As an adult, she dives even deeper. Whether she's designing submersibles, swimming with the whales, or taking deep-water walks, Sylvia Earle has dedicated her life to learning more about what she calls "the blue heart of the planet." With stunningly detailed pictures of the wonders of the sea, Life in the Ocean tells the story of Sylvia's growing passion and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world. This picture book biography also includes an informative author's note that will motivate young environmentalists.Life in the Ocean is one of The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012
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  • Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai

    Claire A. Nivola

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), April 1, 2008)
    Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement, grew up in the highlands of Kenya, where fig trees cloaked the hills, fish filled the streams, and the people tended their bountiful gardens. But over many years, as more and more land was cleared, Kenya was transformed. When Wangari returned home from college in America, she found the village gardens dry, the people malnourished, and the trees gone. How could she alone bring back the trees and restore the gardens and the people?Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, says: "Wangari Maathai's epic story has never been told better―everyone who reads this book will want to plant a tree!"With glowing watercolor illustrations and lyrical prose, Claire Nivola tells the remarkable story of one woman's effort to change the fate of her land by teaching many to care for it. An author's note provides further information about Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement. In keeping with the theme of the story, the book is printed on recycled paper.
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  • Star Child

    Claire A. Nivola

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), May 6, 2014)
    The Star Child, a tiny flame of vapor, invisible and timeless, watches the Earth from far, far away. He marvels at the blue swirls of the ocean and the green land, a bright spot turning through the darkness of space. He wants to go to this wondrous place, but he ponders: What will that life be like?"You will be plunged into Earth's river of time," his elders tell the Star Child."There will be so much for you to learn and so much for you to feel―pleasure and fear, joy and disappointment, sadness and wonder."Through spare, artful text and intricate illustrations, Claire A. Nivola celebrates the cycle of life. A Frances Foster Book
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  • Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

    Claire A. Nivola

    eBook (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), March 13, 2012)
    Sylvia Earle first lost her heart to the ocean as a young girl when she discovered the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico in her backyard. As an adult, she dives even deeper. Whether she's designing submersibles, swimming with the whales, or taking deep-water walks, Sylvia Earle has dedicated her life to learning more about what she calls "the blue heart of the planet." With stunningly detailed pictures of the wonders of the sea, Life in the Ocean tells the story of Sylvia's growing passion and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world. This picture book biography also includes an informative author's note that will motivate young environmentalists.Life in the Ocean is one of The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012
  • Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty

    Linda Glaser, Claire A. Nivola

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, Sept. 10, 2013)
    A celebration of our nation's melting pot, this beautifully illustrated origin story of the Statue of Liberty honors a poet who has advocated for the voiceless. "Give me your tired, your poor Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . " In 1883, Emma Lazarus, deeply moved by an influx of immigrants from eastern Europe, wrote a sonnet that gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty. Originally a gift from France to celebrate our shared national struggles for liberty, the statue, thanks to Emma's poem, came to define us as a nation that welcomes immigrants. The text of that now famous poem, "The New Colossus," appears in this free-verse biography, illustrated in an exquisite folk art style. The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 4-5, Poetry)
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  • Orani: My Father's Village

    Claire A. Nivola

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), July 19, 2011)
    One of School Library Journal's Best Nonfiction Books of 2011One of Horn Book's Best Nonfiction Books of 2011 As a child, Claire Nivola loved summers in Orani, the village where her father grew up and where her many aunts, uncles, and 50 cousins still lived. She ran freely through the town's cobbled streets with packs of cousins, who quizzed her about America while she took in all teh simple joys and pleasures of daily life in a village where surprises met them at every turn.In this sensuous homage of prose and pictures, Nivola invites readers to share in her experience of Orani, a village where surprises met them at every turn and luxuries were unheard of, but life was rich, lived close to the earth.
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  • Elisabeth

    Claire A. Nivola

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), June 4, 1996)
    Forced to leave behind her beloved doll when her family leaves Germany during the Second World War, a young girl is delighted and amazed to find her doll years later in an American antique shop, in a story based on real-life events.
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  • Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai

    Claire A. Nivola

    Paperback (scholastic, Aug. 16, 2019)
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  • Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty

    Linda Glaser, Claire A. Nivola

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, April 5, 2010)
    Give me your tired, your poorYour huddled masses yearning to breathe free...Who wrote these words? And why? In 1883, Emma Lazarus, deeply moved by an influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe, wrote a sonnet that was to give voice to the Statue of Liberty. Originally a gift from France to celebrate our shared national struggles for liberty, the Statue, thanks to Emma's poem, slowly came to shape our hearts, defining us as a nation that welcomes and gives refuge to those who come to our shores. This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 4-5, Poetry)
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  • The Friday Nights of Nana

    Amy Hest, Claire A. Nivola

    Paperback (Walker Books, Aug. 5, 2002)
    Jennie has Friday off school to help her grandmother prepare for the family meal before the Sabbath. Jennie and Nana have their breakfast and then start work: polishing the candlesticks, ironing the tablecloth and braiding the dough for challah bread. Then they put on their pretty Sabbath dresses while the snow falls outside, and wait for Jennie's parents and baby brother to arrive with the rest of the family. Now Jennie's best time begins. Full of gorgeous colours and absorbing detail, this story portrays the rich pattern of love and tradition woven into the special relationship between a child and a grandparent.
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  • The Forest

    Claire A. Nivola

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), May 3, 2002)
    Courage takes a mouse on a wonderful journeyI had always been afraid of the forest, that dark and unknown place at the farthest edge of my little world. At night I often dreamed of it and woke chilled with fear. The fear was there in the day, too, hidden inside me no matter what I did or where I went. One night the fear pressed so heavily on me that I could bear it no longer.So begins a journey of discovery for a brave little mouse who decides he must leave the safety of home to explore the forest. The world he finds is not at all what he expected.With luminous illustrations and graceful prose, The Forest broadens the reader’s world, speaking eloquently and reassuringly to every child who has ever felt afraid of the unknown.
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  • Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

    Claire A. Nivola

    Paperback (Scholastic, Inc., Jan. 1, 2018)
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