7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #467: Featuring Raúl Colón

h1 January 24th, 2016 by jules

“Sometimes in class I’d gaze at a large map that hung on the wall. …
What would it be like to look out at nothing but dark blue as far as the eye could see?”

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Good morning, all. I’ve got a review here over at BookPage of Robert Burleigh’s Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor (Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, January 2016), illustrated by Raúl Colón.

I’m following up with some art from it today.


“Maps. I love them! …”
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“I’m Marie Tharp, and my love of maps began way back in the 1930s,
when I was a girl. …”

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“At last I was a young scientist, graduated from college and eager to work.
But was science ready for me? In those days
it wasn’t easy being both a woman and a scientist. …”

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“But I bit my tongue. That wasn’t going to stop me. I was determined. …”
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“People had long attempted to measure the depth of the oceans. …”
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“… Was I proud of myself? You bet. I had a fascinating job that led me to map a once unknown part of the earth and to discover things as I went along. …”
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SOLVING THE PUZZLE UNDER THE SEA. Copyright © 2016 by Robert Burleigh. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Raúl Colón. Spreads used by permission of the publisher, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, New York.

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Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) We got lots of snow here in middle Tennessee.

2) My girls got snow days.

3) I laughed so very hard at this.

4) Matt Smith as Doctor Who. (We’re working our way through aaaaalllll the Doctor Who episodes.)

5) Warm blankets.

6) Cough syrup.

7) Invitations.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

11 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #467: Featuring Raúl Colón”

  1. My five kicks this week.

    1. No snow. Or as we say here in our small Massachusetts Valley S-NO-mageddon.

    2. Wrote several thousand words on my big Holocaust novel.

    3. A new HOW DO DINOS novelty book arrived.

    4. Went to a wonderful wake for a friend’s mom who recently died. Yes, wakes can be wonderful. This was full of folk musicians and a huge potluck, old friends and new,laughter, tears, stories. And of course music.

    5. My third oldest granddaughter got a wonderful scholarship package to Hamline University, her first choice college.

  2. This book looks beautiful and interesting. I love maps. I wish this book was out when I was a girl. The illustrations set such a nice tone. Nonfiction can be tricky.

    You know the world I turned upside down when Nashiville has snow and Western Mass. does not. We got about a foot here on the Cape.
    Jules – Enjoy playing I the snow.
    Jane – Congratulations to your granddaughter.

    1. I have some new found energy and enthusiasm that I am pouring into my drawing and painting.
    2. Basketball games
    3. I made dinner in the crock pot for the first time even though I’ve owned one for 17 years.
    5. We just finished watching the first season of Fargo. It is amazing.
    6. Read, “The Girl on the Train”. I could hardly put it down.
    7. I’m looking forward to going to New York next month. I hope they get the streets cleared by then.


  3. This looks like an adventurous book! Congratulations to the college bound granddaughter Jane! And have a terrific time in NYC Moira (surely that crazy snow will be long gone), and hooray for energy for drawing and painting, and Jules I hope the need for cough syrup is soon gone!
    1. Rediscovering a quote I’d silkscreened from Molly Mullet on a piece of fabric: “It is time for me to have an adventure. I have had enough of sweeping and weeping, washing and wishing, cooking and looking.” Made me laugh to remember how when in the trenches with young children that spoke to me!
    2. Long holiday weekend in San Francisco – huge treat to see old friends and walk city streets.
    3. Friends to dinner, firelight and warmth on winter night
    4. Littlest granddaughter taking first steps yesterday on her 10 month birthday
    5. Rain – yes rain so much rain – but hopefully storing in the mountains as snowmelt for next summer
    6. Reading Tess Hadley’s new book “The Past” – I love her
    7. reading all the kicks here – thinking about snowstorms, books, and invitations!

  4. Love Rail Colon’s work. This is gorgeous.
    Jules, snow, snow days, and warm blankets. Perfect combo.
    Jane, looking forward to.your Holocaust novel.
    Moira, I want to read The Girl on the Train.
    My kicks:
    1. Finished The Hired Girl.
    2. Met with writing group this past week.
    3. A day of reading.
    4. Creating.
    5. Colleagues.
    6. Black bean soup.
    7. Catching up.
    Have a good week.

  5. Katy, we crossed in cyberspace. Love that quote and the long weekend weekend sounds fun.

  6. Back after a long absence. Nice to catch up with some regulars! I love the look of this book. Mr. Colon = amazing art! And I’d never heard of Marie Tharp! Always exciting to have a new remarkable woman’s biography to share.
    Glad to know that someone got snow!
    Our El Nino is not delivering the promised rain, at least in LA, and my New England soul is parched, parched, parched!
    Dino book exciting, Holocaust book- looking forward to that. Thanks, Jane.
    My kicks:
    1. bunkbeds for the kids!
    2. adopted Little Ms. Tiny last April!
    3. moved her into the bedroom she will share with older brother this past week.
    4. Ikea trip to buy fun bedding
    5. Trombone Shorty – love that book, and happy it got some ALA award love!
    6. SO enjoying the Sheila Turnage series (YA) that begins with Three Times Lucky (won a Newbery Honor a couple of years ago) – such great characters
    7. plans for next Diversity in Children’s Literature workshops

    Have a great week, hope I can get here more often!

  7. Jane, sorry for the loss (that does sound like a wonderful wake), but congrats to your granddaughter!

    Moira, Fargo completes me. Both seasons. I don’t know what that says about me, but there ya have it. … NEW YORK! Do you have big plans there? Your first kick makes me happy.

    Katy, what rich kicks — friends, family, books, art, travel.

    Jone, did you like The Hired Girl? My girls and I loved it.

    Allison, yes, it’s been a while. HAPPY ADOPTION! … I loved Tromby Shorty too (http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=3682), and I’m happy for its award. … When’s your workshop?

    Have a great week, all!

  8. Good morning, Imps! I hope everyone is safe and warm no matter what the weather in your neck of the woods.

    Raúl Colón: Thank you for sharing your artwork. How lovely! Truly.

    Jules: Sending healthy vibes to your household. I enjoyed most of Amy and Rory’s storyline.

    Jane: Kudos on the thousands of words written. Wowza! Congrats to your granddaughter. Condolences to your loved ones.

    Moira: Yay for energy and enthusiasm!

    Katy: Yay for adventure! Congrats to the upwardly mobile little walker.

    Jone: Soup sounds very good right nw.

    Allison: Welcome back! Hello to the Tiny and her happy family!

    My kicks for the past week:
    1) Relief
    2) Release
    3) Confirmation
    4) Continuation
    5) Catch up
    6) Revisit
    7) #tothegirls2016

  9. Beautiful illustrations, and this sent me down the google rabbit hole to learn more about Marie Tharp.

    Jules – SNOW DAYS!!! Hope you are all well enough to enjoy them.

    Jane – congrats to the granddaughter, and there should be more wonderful wakes like the one you attended.

    Moira – hooray for more energy, crockpot dinners & trips to NY.

    Katy – what a great quote! What a full week!

    Jone – black bean soup sounds perfect for this weather, as does reading, writing and creating.

    Allison- congrats on the Tiny family addition!

    LW – I like your Kick ## Confirmation – especially if it has anything to do with you being worth everything. Also had to look up the hashtag – love it!

    My kicks this week:
    1) Reading The Phantom Tollbooth for the first time ever. I love it.
    2) Watched the Minions movie last night. Perfect end to a busy day.
    3) Being fed cookies and other delicious homemade food.
    4) Tina Fey as Sarah Palin last night.
    5) Idris Elba’s incredible speech to parliament.
    6) Coffee hand-delivered to me for breakfast.
    7) Denver v New England, Go Broncos!
    7.5) The video of Tian-Tian the panda playing in the snow! All the happy feels.

    Have a wonderful week everyone!

  10. Rachel: The Phantom Tollbooth was one of my FAVORITE books as a kid! SO fun, so funny, so clever. Thanks for the kind words.

  11. Little Willow: Ah. “Most” of their storyline. I’m intrigued to see what is to come. And, like Rachel, I also like your third kick.

    Rachel, you sound like you were pampered this week, as you should be. Hope it was especially yummy coffee. And, oh heavens, isn’t everything Idris does great?

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