Mother of Sharks

Mother of Sharks
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May 30, 2023
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Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree and globally renowned shark scientist Melissa Cristina Márquez teams up with award-winning illustrator Devin Elle Kurtz to create an informative, powerful picture book. With lyrical writing and gorgeous art, this moving story explores Melissa’s personal journey from inquisitive ocean-loving child in Puerto Rico to becoming the Mother of Sharks.

As the sun sets over another gorgeous day at la Playita Del Condado in Puerto Rico, Meli doesn't want to go home. She loves the ocean more than anything, and with only five minutes left at the beach, she knows exactly where her last stop should be: the tidal pools. They are small universes of their own teeming with critters and creatures of the ocean. While looking into the pools, she meets a crab, Jaiba, who takes her on a dreamlike underwater adventure, teaches her about the importance of shark conservation, and reveals Meli's ultimate destiny: to become the Mother of Sharks.  

Blending the autobiographical with the fantastical, Melissa Cristina Márquez shares her incredible story not only to dispel myths about these misunderstood creatures but also to pave the way for Latinas in STEM. Paired with Devin Elle Kurtz's vibrant, emotive illustrations, this picture book is an irresistible journey through the wonders of the ocean and, above all, a rallying cry for marine conservation.

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When it's time to go home, one little girl isn't ready to leave the water. She loves marine life and all it starts is with a hermit crab and a dive underwater. As she explores, she finds herself fascinated by sharks after saving one from a net. Using both imagination and curiosity, she finds herself wanting to know more and more about them.

MOTHER OF SHARKS is a beautifully illustrated children's book that shows how Melissa Cristina Márquez became a shark enthusiasts and shows children ways they can help save them too. Sharks are unique creatures and while this book doesn't really teach about sharks, it showcases their magnificence. The illustrations are breath-taking and this story encourages children to think differently about sharks. The reader can tell how much Melissa cares for them through her lyrical writing. We also get an added lesson in Spanish for those who aren't fluent in it.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to children ages four and up who love sharks and marine life. Who knows, this book may even steer them onto the path of becoming a marine biologist themselves.
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