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Children's LiteratureThis graphically illustrated, action-oriented book shows a great white shark in her natural habitat as she eats, sleeps and gives birth to shark pups. As interesting to read as fiction, young people will hardly realize how much they are learning as they follow the shark responding to sounds she picks up though her special detecting sacs and smells she filters through her nasal sacs. Her upper and lower jaws, both movable, are thrust forward, baring her 2-inch teeth—almost 100 of them—as she attacks a seal. While she only wounds the first one, an older seal falls prey to this large but agile creature. The shark's body is efficient, enabling her to stay alert on a minimum of food, so that a seal can provide her with nourishment for up to two months, if necessary. She is attracted to the smell of blood, however, and will eat dead or dying animals. Shark pups in the mother's body will sometimes eat their brothers or sisters for food. Photographs are gruesome for younger readers but do give an accurate view of shark life. This book is part of a new "Animal Predators" series. 2004, Carolrhoda Books, Ages 8 to 12.