All About Sharks

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Part of a major reprinting of renowned naturalist Jim Arnosky's beloved All About series, All About Sharks is a thorough and colorful introduction to the world of sharks.

In Spring 08, Scholastic Nonfiction is relaunching Jim Arnosky's treasured All About series with all new paperback covers. In All About Sharks, Arnosky shows how these animals grow and live, answering kids' biggest questions about sharks, such as: How do sharks find food in the dark ocean water? What do shark ...

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Overview

Part of a major reprinting of renowned naturalist Jim Arnosky's beloved All About series, All About Sharks is a thorough and colorful introduction to the world of sharks.

In Spring 08, Scholastic Nonfiction is relaunching Jim Arnosky's treasured All About series with all new paperback covers. In All About Sharks, Arnosky shows how these animals grow and live, answering kids' biggest questions about sharks, such as: How do sharks find food in the dark ocean water? What do shark fins do? How many teeth do sharks have? What was the biggest shark ever? Packed with intriguing information and brought to life by Arnosky's vibrant watercolors, this book will fascinate young readers.

Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and survival techniques of different kinds of sharks.

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Publishers Weekly
Jim Arnosky's All About series goes underwater with All About Sharks. Arnosky presents many fascinating facts about these masters of the deep, beginning with the nine most familiar species and including information on shark senses, mating habits and safety tips for swimmers. His acrylic paintings showcase their beauty and menace. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
As he did for frogs, owls, deer and several other animals, Arnosky explores the physical characteristics, behavior, and survival techniques of various examples of the genus. Watercolor illustrations feature some shark aspects to scale, sharks in comparison to each other in length, and other features. The teeth shapes of different shark species will fascinate children, both the fossilized and current shapes. Another page shows the shapes of four different shark egg cases. The very readable text is just the right weight on the page to appeal to second grade readers, the information is clear for report writers, and the illustrations do extra work with the text to convey information. It is an informative and appealing package, and one that implies there is still much to learn about sharks and their habitat. 2003, Scholastic, Ages 5 to 9.
— Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Arnosky investigates this amazing fish that always seems to captivate and frighten young readers. Different species and families are illustrated in simple drawings, and the various parts of a shark's body are labeled and explained in a basic, easy-to-read text. One spread is devoted to teeth, and those of various species are described and pictured. Students will gain an understanding of sharks, their habitats, their lives, and the way that they reproduce. An attractive, informative addition on an ever-popular topic.-Barbara L. McMullin, Casita Center for Technology, Science & Math, Vista, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Arnosky turns his usual artistry and care to a subject sure to find a ready audience. Opening with a series of questions about sharks, he proceeds to answer them with a clear text and vivid, well-scaled illustrations (the gaping mouth of a 10-foot tiger shark appears life-size, split over two double-page spreads). Basic information, such as the different sorts of shark, how sharks sense their prey, and the ever-fascinating duplicate rows of teeth, is presented lucidly. Expatiating and defining text can be found located next to the appropriate parts of the illustrations, as with an extra tidbit about shark skin that appears with a magnified detail of it. It would be an altogether respectful and refreshingly unsensational presentation except for the information that deals with shark attacks. Explaining that sharks can swim extraordinarily close to shore, the text marvels that "shark attacks on people are extremely rare"-without indicating exactly how rare. In a later discussion of shark food, people are listed along with baby whales and swimming dogs-once again, with no accompanying mention of how unlikely one is to become shark supper. Regrettable. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590481663
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/4/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: IG910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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