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Else B. In The Sea: The Woman Who Painted the Wonders of the Deep

Else B. in the Sea:
The Woman Who Painted the Wonders of the Deep



A poetic picture book biography about a daring and pioneering woman artist that combines themes of art and science. A perfect STEAM book!

Else Bostelmann donned a red swimsuit and a copper diving helmet and, with paints and brushes in hand, descended into the choppy turquoise sea off the coast of Bermuda. It was 1930, and few had ventured deep into the sea before. She discovered a fairyland six fathoms below the surface—fantastic coral castles, glittering sunbeams, swaying sea plumes, and slender purple sea fans. And fish! Flashy silverfish, puckering blue parrotfish, iridescent jellyfish. Else painted under the sea! She painted what she saw with her own eyes.


 Back on land, Else painted the never-before-seen deep-sea creatures described by world-renowned scientist William Beebe on his momentous 1930s bathysphere expeditions for the New York Zoological Society’s Department of Tropical Research. It was a daring and glamorous adventure and a dream come true for Else B., who shared this new, unfathomable world with humankind.

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Else B. in the Sea: The Woman Who Painted the Wonders of the Deep






Melodie Stacey

Cameron Kids/Abrams

Ages 4-8


Else B. In Diving Gear


Else B. in the Sea ...

"Readers will feel as if they have taken the plunge, too...Her ever-expanding solutions from subsequent dives are fascinating and a testament to her resilience. The illustrations...will hook readers, both with the drama of Else’s dives and with the delicious creepiness of some of the sea creatures...A hugely appealing story"―Booklist 

“The [illustrations] are dazzling and convey how extraordinary undersea life is ... A little-known female artist receives well-deserved attention.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Harvey masterfully weaves together elements of history, science, and art... a celebration of curiosity, resilience, and the transformative power of art. Harvey’s lyrical prose and Stacey’s evocative illustrations combine to create a mesmerizing tale that will captivate readers of all ages.”

— The Children's Book Review


text copyright (c) 2024 Jeanne Walker Harvey

illustrations copyright (c) 2024 Melodie Stacey

Else B.
Painting of a fish from the deep sea



“No modern adventure can surpass the supreme joy of exploring

[the deep sea's] unique grandeur.”

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