Surprising Sharks (Nature Storybooks)

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Find out what sharks are really like in this fun, informative picture book, part of the new "Nature Storybooks" series.The last word you want to hear when you're swimming in the warm blue sea is "SHARK!" But most real sharks are not what you might expect. Some are no bigger than a chocolate bar, some have built-in fairy lights and most wouldn't go near a human, even if you were wearing a sign saying "dinner"! So if you think all sharks are giant, man-eating killers, you're in for a big surprise. "Surprising Sharks" has been re-launched in the new "Nature Storybooks" series with a brand new look.

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Nicola Davies is a television and radio presenter, perhaps best known as a presenter of The Really Wild Show. Nicola is the author of Big Blue Whale (9781406312607), One Tiny Turtle (9781406311976), Ice Bear (9781406302059), Home (9780744559835) and Poo (9781844287512). She lives in Devon. James Croft has illustrated several picture books for children. He lives in London.

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Grade 1-3-The major premise of this book is that sharks vary greatly in size and shape. The front and back endpapers capture the dwarf lantern shark at just 6 inches in length, the whale shark measuring more than 39 feet, and many other species between these extremes. Although in some cases the colorful acrylic-and-pastel pictures show slightly anthropomorphized creatures, readers can glean their basic anatomical features. Varying print size emphasizes concepts and creates drama and aesthetic interest. The text highlights unusual features of lesser-known sharks, and two spreads show internal and external similarities among all sharks. The book is chock-full of fascinating information about "sharkish" behavior, which for only 3 of the 500 types of sharks includes attacking humans with any regularity. Davies concludes with a notion that these animals have much more to fear from humans than vice versa. Although many of today's young shark enthusiasts insist on full-color photographs, the attractiveness of the typefaces, the anatomical diagrams, and the interesting facts presented here should help this title make a splash.
Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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