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

  • Elizabeth Stiert
    Jan 29, 2017

    I remember checking out all the books on Eugenie Clark in my elementary school library as a kid. I have always loved sharks and once I started reading about Eugenie, I was blown away by her ambition and drive.

    I'm glad this book exists because it's more of what I loved as a kid. Ambitious Eugenie Clark who won't quit and facts about sharks. More people need to know that sharks aren't out to get us humans. I hope those curious children find this book.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Carolyn Combs
    Jan 30, 2017

    Brief overview: Swimming With Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark, written by Heather Lang, illustrated by Jordi Solano. From childhood to old age, Genie pursued her uncommon passion –sharks. She shattered gender stereotypes of the 1930s, as she spent her life investigating sharks in the wild, something that no one had done before. She helped change the stereotypes of sharks as simple "bloodthirsty killers", revealing their deepest secrets. Genie's story both inspires and surprises –

    Brief overview: Swimming With Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark, written by Heather Lang, illustrated by Jordi Solano. From childhood to old age, Genie pursued her uncommon passion –sharks. She shattered gender stereotypes of the 1930s, as she spent her life investigating sharks in the wild, something that no one had done before. She helped change the stereotypes of sharks as simple "bloodthirsty killers", revealing their deepest secrets. Genie's story both inspires and surprises – a delight for elementary age children and shark fans of every age.

    What I love about this book: My mother lives close to the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory, and I've passed by it many a time on trips to Florida. I'm thrilled to learn more about the pioneering woman who founded the laboratory. I love that Genie's steadfast passion and determination, her deep curiosity about and empathy for a creature who is so different from us, shines through on every page. The inclusion of several of Genie's fascinating discoveries, like caves where sharks come for cleaning and the fact that some sharks can be trained, brings Genie's work to life. I felt like we were with her when she saw a shark for the first time and braved entering a dark cave. The illustrations are rich and evocative, showing Genie's wonder and, at times, her angst. I appreciate that the story covers Genie's concern for declining numbers of sharks, and has enriching back matter.

  • Julia
    Feb 02, 2017

    An introduction to "Shark Lady" Eugenie Clark, this book covers many aspects of Clark's life, from her education pushing boundaries when women were not easily accepted in scientific fields, to studying sharks under the seas, finding her own aquarium, and finally, her fight for the lives of sharks as humans killed them off. While this books is inspiring in telling the story of what one woman can do to overcome obstacles and achieve dreams, my child felt the story skipped around and failed to give

    An introduction to "Shark Lady" Eugenie Clark, this book covers many aspects of Clark's life, from her education pushing boundaries when women were not easily accepted in scientific fields, to studying sharks under the seas, finding her own aquarium, and finally, her fight for the lives of sharks as humans killed them off. While this books is inspiring in telling the story of what one woman can do to overcome obstacles and achieve dreams, my child felt the story skipped around and failed to give details. So much was covered about Clark's life, that much was skipped or barely even mentioned. A good introduction, but this may leave you wishing there was more to the story.

  • Kimberly
    Feb 05, 2017

    Wow! This is an excellent easy biography. A year or so ago I read a different biography about Eugenie Clark, one meant for older elementary school kids. This one has less personal information about her, but does a good job illustrating her never-ending curiosity and wonder about the ocean. The illustrations in this book are wonderful! The sharks are so detailed and realistic, and Jordi Solano perfectly captured the look and feel of swimming in the murky waters. A truly lovely book about a suprem

    Wow! This is an excellent easy biography. A year or so ago I read a different biography about Eugenie Clark, one meant for older elementary school kids. This one has less personal information about her, but does a good job illustrating her never-ending curiosity and wonder about the ocean. The illustrations in this book are wonderful! The sharks are so detailed and realistic, and Jordi Solano perfectly captured the look and feel of swimming in the murky waters. A truly lovely book about a supremely interesting woman.

  • Mischenko
    Feb 13, 2017

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    Swimming with Sharks by Heather Lang is a book about Eugenie Clark. The story explains how as a child she was fascinated with the ocean and the creatures beneath. As she grew up, she followed her dreams, and became a scientist.

    Many people believe that sharks are bloodthirsty assassins. Eugenie knows something that others don't. Follow along in the story to learn about Eugenie and her love for sharks, and her other oc

    Please visit our blog at

    to see this review and others!

    Swimming with Sharks by Heather Lang is a book about Eugenie Clark. The story explains how as a child she was fascinated with the ocean and the creatures beneath. As she grew up, she followed her dreams, and became a scientist.

    Many people believe that sharks are bloodthirsty assassins. Eugenie knows something that others don't. Follow along in the story to learn about Eugenie and her love for sharks, and her other ocean discoveries.

    Perfect for elementary classrooms, teachers, parents, or for your home library.

    5*****

  • ElphabaNewlin
    Feb 21, 2017

    A really nice and informational book about Dr. Eugenie Clark, aka "The Shark Lady". This has some good info about her life and her studies, and a lot of great info about sharks as well!! I love Eugenie Clark and sharks, and this book is perfect for kids interested in these awesome creatures!

  • Arminzerella
    Feb 22, 2017

    Nine-year-old Eugenie Clark became fascinated with sharks and other fish after visiting the New York aquarium. Her mother supported her interest, buying her tanks and animals to study. Even though there weren’t as many opportunities for women in the sciences in her time (1930s), Genie persisted and went on to earn a master’s degree in zoology, and eventually opened her own research center (Cape Haze Marine Laboratory) in Florida. She captured and studied different species of sharks and learned t

    Nine-year-old Eugenie Clark became fascinated with sharks and other fish after visiting the New York aquarium. Her mother supported her interest, buying her tanks and animals to study. Even though there weren’t as many opportunities for women in the sciences in her time (1930s), Genie persisted and went on to earn a master’s degree in zoology, and eventually opened her own research center (Cape Haze Marine Laboratory) in Florida. She captured and studied different species of sharks and learned that most species were intelligent and non-aggressive. People had misunderstood them for years, and Genie was determined to reveal what she had discovered – the truth about sharks. This wonderful biography introduces a female scientist who overcame obstacles of gender and racial discrimination and went on to make important discoveries in her field. Beautiful illustrations in deep blues and greens highlight Genie’s underwater adventures. Includes an author’s note with more information about Eugenie Clark and another about her favorite subjects – sharks!