Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark

Before Eugenie Clark's groundbreaking research, most people thought sharks were vicious, blood-thirsty killers. From the first time she saw a shark in an aquarium, Japanese-American Eugenie was enthralled. Instead of frightening and ferocious eating machines, she saw sleek, graceful fish gliding through the water. After she became a scientist an unexpected career path for...

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Title:Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark
Author:Heather Lang
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ISBN:0807521876
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark Reviews

  • Michele Knott
    Nov 08, 2016

    Another strong American woman biography from Lang.

    Not only can you use this book as a book that shows the strong character of a woman in history, you can also use it to see the many ways a scientist gets information about a subject!

  • Katie Lawrence
    Dec 08, 2016

    This was a great introduction to Eugenie Clark and her incredible work with sharks. I loved reading the Author's note at the back and learning that Heather Lang met Eugenie Clark while working on this book. How amazing that Eugenie was still diving into her 90's! I also loved that this biography perfectly captured how a fascination with something can turn into a life-long career and passion. I never knew sharks could be trained and had never heard about "sleeping" sharks before either. Wonderful

    This was a great introduction to Eugenie Clark and her incredible work with sharks. I loved reading the Author's note at the back and learning that Heather Lang met Eugenie Clark while working on this book. How amazing that Eugenie was still diving into her 90's! I also loved that this biography perfectly captured how a fascination with something can turn into a life-long career and passion. I never knew sharks could be trained and had never heard about "sleeping" sharks before either. Wonderful!

  • Erin
    Dec 22, 2016

    The illustrations are beautifully rendered, and exquisitely capture this scientist's life lived half on land and half underwater. The spread that depicts Genie looking into her goldfish bowl blew me away.

    The story carries the reader forward gently, emphasizing Eugenie's passion for sharks and cheerful determination. The details of her life, however, are sparse, even in the back matter. There is no indication of when she was born, for example, and while one can piece together a rough picture of

    The illustrations are beautifully rendered, and exquisitely capture this scientist's life lived half on land and half underwater. The spread that depicts Genie looking into her goldfish bowl blew me away.

    The story carries the reader forward gently, emphasizing Eugenie's passion for sharks and cheerful determination. The details of her life, however, are sparse, even in the back matter. There is no indication of when she was born, for example, and while one can piece together a rough picture of her timeline, it's not explicitly clear. The story also glosses over some of her struggle, although these are briefly addressed in the end.

    So this book, while inspiring and beautiful, isn't really great for a report. It does make me want to learn more about Eugenia Clark, and in that sense is very successful. I also came away with the clear idea that popular perception (such as the idea that sharks are vicious) is not a good way to get your facts.

  • Cindy Mitchell
    Jan 01, 2017

    Lang, Heather Swimming with Sharks: the daring discoveries of Eugenie Clark, pictures by Jordi Solano. PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHY. Albert Whitman, 2016. $17.

    Genie Clark was always fascinated by sharks. In the 1930’s when she was a child, women really didn’t become scientists, but she persevered and put herself onto a path where she was able to study the creatures that the world knew such little about, making sharks her life’s work.

    I love that each year there are more books being written about female

    Lang, Heather Swimming with Sharks: the daring discoveries of Eugenie Clark, pictures by Jordi Solano. PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHY. Albert Whitman, 2016. $17.

    Genie Clark was always fascinated by sharks. In the 1930’s when she was a child, women really didn’t become scientists, but she persevered and put herself onto a path where she was able to study the creatures that the world knew such little about, making sharks her life’s work.

    I love that each year there are more books being written about female role models. Very little has been written about Ms. Clark, but this biography fits right in with STEM and MESA in elementary and middle schools.

    EL – ESSENTIAL. MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher

  • Jana
    Jan 05, 2017

    This fascinating picture book biography tells the story of Eugene Clark, a scientist who was one of the first people to study sharks in their natural habitat. Clark's life story is inspirational and fascinating as she became a scientist at a time when there weren't many women in the field. The illustrations are terrific and I know the beautiful paintings of sharks would make this book very popular in my classroom library.

  • Sherry Hutchins
    Jan 10, 2017

    An incredible children's book! Got it for my nephew for Christmas but had to enjoy it myself first! Heather is a wonderful writer that takes you into the depths of the ocean without being afraid of the sharks!

  • Marty Lapointe-Malchik
    Jan 10, 2017

    SWIMMING WITH SHARKS written by Heather Lang and illustrated by Jordi Solano is a delight to look at, to learn from, and to read aloud. Little Genie’s passion for studying sharks lasted into adulthood when she became known as the Shark Lady. In this book Lang shows the wonder and determination that young Genie had for these fascinating fish. Written with both deep understanding and deep affection for Eugenie Clark, Lang shows her research expertise as well as her talent for storytelling. The aut

    SWIMMING WITH SHARKS written by Heather Lang and illustrated by Jordi Solano is a delight to look at, to learn from, and to read aloud. Little Genie’s passion for studying sharks lasted into adulthood when she became known as the Shark Lady. In this book Lang shows the wonder and determination that young Genie had for these fascinating fish. Written with both deep understanding and deep affection for Eugenie Clark, Lang shows her research expertise as well as her talent for storytelling. The author includes details that will capture readers’ interest whether they aspire to be authors or to be marine biologists. The pictures are palette perfect. Readers will feel immersed in Solano’s rendering of underwater worlds. He renders Genie’s audience at the New York Aquarium with lovely light from the tank. The little scientist-in-the-making stands with open arms symbolic of her open mind towards these misunderstood creatures. Lang and Solano’s book deserves a special spot in local libraries, indie bookstores, and aquarium gift shops.

  • Brian
    Jan 15, 2017

    What a fascinating picture book! Great for younger girls who can grow up to do anything!

  • Rhica
    Jan 26, 2017

    There are never enough books about scientists.

    I love this book. Sharks are fabulous.

  • Susie
    Jan 23, 2017

    I was particularly interested in this book because I used to show my science classes a National Geographic video that featured Eugenie Clark. She really was ahead of her time; I did not realize how old she was. In the video we saw, she described some important discoveries she made in regards to a shark repellent, the Moses sole in the Red Sea, as well as the "sleeping" sharks in Mexico, which were in the book. I enjoyed reading about Lang's admiration for Clark, and impetus for the book.