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Journey to Shark Island: A Shark Photographer's Close Encounters

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School Library Journal
11/01/2014
Gr 4–7—Centered on the experiences photographer and diver Jeff Rotman, this set offers exciting insight into the world of sharks. Information on diving, photography, and Rotman's life are interwoven with plenty of facts about the animals he studies. Rotman's high-quality photographs are varied, incorporating insets, full-page images, and two-page spreads. Some are amazing close-up views of sharks; others show the intriguing process of underwater photography. The diver's accounts are woven into the narrative as he describes hitching a ride on a whale shark's fin and other daring exploits. Useful statistics, diagrams, and fact boxes provide details to support the photographer's first-hand experiences. Readers will also learn how a wildlife photographer impacts conservation efforts. With their focus on more spectacular species, Seeking Giant Sharks and Great White Shark have the highest appeal, but all four books are fresh looks at an always popular subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756548872
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Series: Shark Expedition Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Mary M. Cerullo has been teaching and writing about the ocean and natural history for 40 years. Her career as an “ocean aficionado” began at the New England Aquarium in Boston and continues today as Associate Director of the conservation organization Friends of Casco Bay/Casco BAYKEEPER® in South Portland, Maine. Describing herself as a “science interpreter,” Mary explains scientific research and environmental issues in ways that children and the general public can understand. Building on her background in marine science, informal education, and communications, she has written 16 nonfiction children’s books, as well as a handbook for teachers on incorporating children’s literature into the science curriculum. Her books have won numerous awards and starred reviews.

Jeffrey L. Rotman is one of the world's leading underwater photographers. Born in Boston, he learned to dive and began shooting underwater photographs in the cold, often murky waters of the North Atlantic. Relentless in his pursuit of perfection, he combines an artist's eye with a naturalist's knowledge of his subjects. The result is a unique and inimitable assortment of images that blur the line between art and science. His work has been featured on television and in books and magazines worldwide, including Life, Time, Smithsonian, Natural History, The New York Times Magazine, and National Geographic.

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