How to Spy on a Shark by Leslie Haskins Houran, illustrated by Francisca Marquez

Published by Albert Whitman and Co.

Summary: In brief rhyming text, this little book describes how scientists use robots to track mako sharks (“The mako twists! The robot turns! They dart and dip and dive/The robot shoots a video and sends it to you live!”). The last two pages give a more complete, but still very simple, explanation of how the scientists study these sharks.  Ages 3-7.

Pros: Even very young children will enjoy learning about the work these scientists do. The illustrations do a nice job of portraying people who may not fit the stereotype of “scientist”. Look for two other books in this series, about space and dinosaurs.

Cons: Those looking for a more “Jaws”-like book about sharks will be disappointed.

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