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How to Spy on a Shark
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How to Spy on a Shark
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Spend a day at sea tracking sharks—with the help of a robot! How do you spy on a shark? Join a team of marine biologists as they head out in their boat to study mako sharks. They catch, tag, and release a young mako, then follow it with a special robot that can track the shark on video! Simple, entertaining text and bright, accurate illustrations bring science and technology to life, and additional pages of facts about sharks follow the story. The latest book in this read-aloud science series is bound to make a splash with young minds!

Spend a day at sea tracking sharks—with the help of a robot! How do you spy on a shark? Join a team of marine biologists as they head out in their boat to study mako sharks. They catch, tag, and release a young mako, then follow it with a special robot that can track the shark on video! Simple, entertaining text and bright, accurate illustrations bring science and technology to life, and additional pages of facts about sharks follow the story. The latest book in this read-aloud science series is bound to make a splash with young minds!

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About the Author-
  • Lori Haskins Houran likes to spy on sharks . . . from the safety of the beach! She and her two sons live near the ocean in Florida, where they sometimes see sharks leaping right out of the water. She is the author of more than twenty books for kids, including A Dozen Cousins and A Trip into Space.

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  • Kirkus

    January 15, 2015
    Houran invites readers along as a group of marine biologists tracks and follows a juvenile mako shark.The marine biologists use a net to catch the young shark, attaching a tag to the pup's pelvic fin. They then use a robot to track and monitor the shark, keeping tabs on its movements and eating habits. At the end of the day, the scientists (two women and one man, one Caucasian and two of indeterminate ethnicity) pull up the robot and wave goodbye to the sharks. Unfortunately, the author misses the mark in choosing to write in second person. "Take a boat ride / out to sea / until you spy a fin. // Get all set / to get all wet / and splash! / go diving in." Instead of tagging along on an adventure, readers may feel like they are being given orders and instructions, and many will feel uncomfortable or not up to the task. The simple illustrations bring readers up close to the action, but they are not part of it, as the text suggests. Backmatter gives a little more information about the topics presented-sharks fall asleep when they are turned belly up; makos can swim up to 35 mph-but this would have captured more interest within the body of the text. The dichotomy between the adult tasks and the simply worded rhyming text makes this one to skip. (Informational picture book. 4-6)

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  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2015

    PreS-Gr 1-Animal fans will enjoy this simple picture book on the study of sharks. Relying upon concise sentences, Houran explains how marine biologists track mako shark pups by fitting them with tracking devices and using small robots that follow the sharks, recording their movements. The author provides more in-depth information about this process at the end of the book. Children will be drawn in by the soothing, serene illustrations, tinged with deep sea blue, that evoke a peaceful tone not usually associated with these animals. Educators seeking a younger, gentler alternative to Katherine Roy's excellent Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands (Roaring Brook, 2014) should consider this work. Pair Houran's informative and kid-friendly title with Tedd Arnold's Fly Guy Presents: Sharks (Scholastic, 2013) or Gail Gibbons's Sharks (Holiday House, 1992). VERDICT A splendid bridge for introducing very young readers to expository texts, and a useful addition to the 590s.-Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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