The Best Book of Sharks

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Sally Snyder, Common Sense Media
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Vivid artwork and facts about sharks.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Violence & Scariness

No blood, but one illustration shows several sharks biting into a tuna. The sharp teeth may frighten sensitive kids.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the book counters the more gruesome aspects of sharks by addressing how scientists study sharks, and the fact that sharks may become endangered.

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What's the story?

Have you heard of a wobbegong? Ever seen a cookie-cutter shark? How would you like to encounter a megamouth? These are only a few of the numerous shark species illustrated in this slim overview of sharks. Attractive illustrations and text sound bites provide readers an introduction to the underwater world and one of its most feared denizens.

 

Is it any good?

This book is a brief overview of shark behavior and characteristics, and it will appeal to casual young readers. What child doesn't want to read about sharks -- especially after viewing the cover illustration of a great white shark's jaws agape, ready to grab its next meal? Shark-related terms are defined in the text, which is generally clear and understandable.

The author includes topics likely to appeal to children, including how sharks locate their prey, the structure of their teeth and jaws, and the potential for shark attacks on a humans. The more gruesome aspects of sharks are countered by addressing how scientists study sharks, and the fact that sharks may become endangered. Attractive, clear illustrations show sharks swimming, attacking prey, and resting on the sea floor.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sharks' reputation. Why are they so feared? Are our fears about sharks overblown? What most impresses you about these animals?

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