Hello, friends! Our book today is Shark Lady: The True Story Of How Eugenie Clark Became The Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist, written by Jess Keating and illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns, a biography of the pioneering ichthyologist and her dedication to changing the world’s mind about sharks.
When she was a child, there was no place Eugenie would rather be than the aquarium. She spent hours at a time watching the fish swim and learning about their species, habitats, and behaviors. And there was no type of fish that Eugenie loved more than the sharks; while many people saw them as mindless eating machines, Eugenie saw fascinating and intelligent creatures. Eugenie dedicated her life to studying sharks and other marine life, fighting discrimination against her gender and public views of sharks the whole way. Eugenie refused to be scared – of the sharks or the people – and made breakthrough discoveries that have changed what we know about sharks to this day.
This is the second biography we’ve read on Dr. Clark, and we enjoyed this one just as much. While Swimming With Sharks by Heather Lang was a more in-depth biography for older readers, this one is the perfect way to introduce Eugenie and her love of marine biology to younger ones. The text is written in a more story-like narrative, which allows little readers to follow her childhood and early career. The illustrations are wonderful, full of color, joy, determination, and just a hint of fantasy that inspires readers to see the world through Eugenie’s eyes. The length is perfect, JJ loved all the sharks and fishes, and I loved the message: girls can be and do whatever they dream of… they simply have to dive in. Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)