Surprising Sharks (Read, Listen, and Wonder Series)

Surprising Sharks (Read, Listen, and Wonder Series)

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Overview

"SHAAAARRRKK!" That's probably the last word anyone wants to hear while swimming in the warm blue sea. But most sharks aren't at all what people expect. In fact, those who think all sharks are giant, man-eating killers are in for a surprise. The compelling narrative, colorful illustrations, and captivating facts in Surprising Sharks reveal that sharks come in all shapes and sizes-and probably should be more afraid of humans than we are of them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763641856
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Series: Read, Listen, and Wonder Series
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Nicola Davies, a zoologist and author of such books as WILD ABOUT DOLPHINS, ONE TINY TURTLE, and BAT LOVES THE NIGHT, has a special love of the sea. She has seen basking sharks off the coast of England and once came face to face with a shark while she was snorkeling - a baby spotted dogfish about the size of a sardine. Since sharks have been on Earth a lot longer than humans, she feels they deserve our respect and protection. She lives in Somerset, England.

James Croft has always enjoyed drawing sharks and finds that their teeth, speed, and the sense of danger they evoke fuel his imagination like no other creature. The illustrator of numerous books for children, including the Brand New Readers MOUSE HAS FUN and MOUSE GOES OUT by Phyllis Root, James Croft lives and works in London.

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Book_Mountain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an incredibly informative picture book about sharks. It helps children learn about sharks while keeping them entertained with stories about sharks. This story keeps the focus away from shark attacks and on the cool aspects of sharks. The photos are large and show sharks of different shapes and sizes. However, they are not realistic pictures of sharks but interpretive drawings of these different species of sharks. There are also a lot of diagrams of sharks in this book. The book is still extremely informative and appeals to a younger audience because of these pictures. Recommended for ages 4-6
Jessie_Bear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Surprising Sharks challenges popular assumptions about sharks while illuminating the ways in which sharks are different, as well as how they are the same. The text briefly introduces the reader to a variety of sharks, such as a goblin shark or an angel shark, with an index to ease locating relevant text. Font size varies, with larger fonts carrying main concepts and smaller fonts full of more detailed facts. Two spreads of shark diagrams break up the rest of the text, with important and well displayed diagrams on the basic anatomy of a shark. Humans frame the shark text well, tying the end and the introduction with a takeaway message. However, it is unfortunate that the humans depicted as endangering sharks, or shown at all, are overwhelming white males. Nevertheless, the illustrations are colorful and appealing, done in acrylic paint and chalk pastels. While a young shark connoisseur may prefer less simplified illustrations or even photographs, these illustrations serve as a good introduction to sharks to a young audience. With a lack of stated bibliographic sources or acknowledgements citing experts, the zoologist-written text overall is a good introduction to the concept of varying sharks, but not an in-depth resource. This book is recommended to children ages six through eight.
NaomiCamacho More than 1 year ago
If I was ever going to give a lesson on sharks, this would be the first book I'd pick up. It was super informative but in a fun way. The pages were filled with vibrant colors and silly illustrations. Even little jokes were placed in the background for when you're reading. I loved it. It taught me a lot more about sharks than I would've learned from a boring science book that's for sure. Awesome Read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
We recently bought this book for my 3 year old son and he just loves it! He loves to go through the book and point out the different sharks and tell us their names, he also knows what the different parts of the shark does and can tell us all about sharks thanks to this book!