Shark (DK Eyewitness Books Series)

Shark (DK Eyewitness Books Series)

5.0 2
by Miranda MacQuitty
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Full-color photos. Beautiful photography provides a close-up look at these terrifying "lords of the deep"—their anatomy and behavior, and the realities and myths behind their sinister reputation. This densely illustrated book is one of the most informative and technically accurate portrayals of sharks and their relatives."—(starred) Science Books &

Overview

Full-color photos. Beautiful photography provides a close-up look at these terrifying "lords of the deep"—their anatomy and behavior, and the realities and myths behind their sinister reputation. This densely illustrated book is one of the most informative and technically accurate portrayals of sharks and their relatives."—(starred) Science Books & Films.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This small but information-packed book discusses shark species, shark habitats, shark senses, teeth and feeding behavior, shark reproduction, and close relatives of sharks (rays, sawfish, and chimaeras.) The "other scary creatures" covered are venomous marine life such as lionfish, sea snakes, blue-ringed octopus, and stinging jellyfish; pinching crustaceans such as lobsters and mantis shrimp; and "monsters of the deep"¾creatures such as giant squid, deep sea oddities, and extinct ocean predators. Marine conservation issues are explained in an "Oceans at Risk" chapter. An excellent reference section covers fish classification, records related to the creatures covered (largest lobster, fastest shark,) lists of ocean organizations and aquariums worldwide, a glossary, and index. The text is interesting and informative, avoiding lurid accounts of "man-eaters" in favor of a well-balanced look at sharks as fascinating creatures beautifully adapted to their environment. Like most of DK Publishing's volumes, the color photographs are excellent and the graphic presentation is imaginative, although sometimes overly busy. This book would be an excellent resource for report writing in grades 3 to 6. 2002, DK Publishing, Turner
KLIATT
Gladiators ate boiled beans and barley to build up their muscles, and fought about three times a year. A single shark may have 30,000 teeth in its lifetime. Julius Caesar used coded writing to keep his battle strategies under wraps. About one person in 25,000 can actually "hear" colors. These and other facts can be found in the Secret Worlds series, which includes books on apes, the body, bugs, code breakers, dinosaurs, explorers, Native Americans, mummies, sharks, and tornadoes. This colorful series appropriate for middle and high school libraries includes many facts and lavish color illustrations as well as top Web sites for each topic. Each book includes a reference section, index, and credits. Gladiators, for example, covers the history of Rome, the legions and their battle tactics, the Coliseum, the training of gladiators (some of whom were women), animal and Christian victims, gods and temples, and the decline and fall of both the Roman Empire and gladiatorial contests. The reference section of this book includes the emperors of Rome, a gladiator who's who, Roman numerals, nine Web sites, a list of gods and goddesses, a time line, and a glossary. The series is carefully researched, up to date, and engagingly written. (DK Secret Worlds).. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2002, DK, 96p. illus. indexes.,
— Janet Julian
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- A sensationalist survey of the species, Shark concentrates on the unusual, the strange, the odd, and the frightening with minimal text and clear, bright illustrations. Although MacQuity places the risk of shark attack in its proper perspective (people are more likely to die in car accidents), the photographs and sections of such protective measures as mesh nets, repellents, electric - current barriers, etc., continue to promote the image of sharks as wanton killers. Every page is littered with full-color illustrations, all sizes of photographs, cut-outs from larger photographs, reproductions, drawings, cartoons, maps, and more. The text is scattered all over the page to accompany the illustrations, but not necessarily to explain them. A small classification chart shows tiny drawings of all the sharks, and the common characteristic that links them is mentioned in a sentence but not explained . The drawings of the internal organs are good, but the labels merely name, not define a scroll valve in an intestine, the stomach's ascending limb, and the intestines' spiral and/or ring valves. The quality and diversity of the photographs is undeniable (there's even a photograph of a pair of mating sharks), but even with an index, this is clearly a book for dipping in and out of, and not for solid information. --Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405373289
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2011
Series:
DK Eyewitness Books Series
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Related Subjects

Meet the Author

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

SHARK 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PittyPatPS More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my grandson, age 9. He LOVES learning about sharks. The DK Eyewitness Series is always top notch reading material, with lots of colorful pictures, interesting facts, even about little known sharks, and included a CD and a colorful poster. The gift was a hit! My only disappointment is that I ordered the book (17 Dec) in what I thought was adequate time for a Christmas delivery. I wasn't aware that the book was being shipped from Great Britain, and was therefore delivery was delayed until mid-January. Not happy about that! But the book was worth the wait. Also I would note that the book is not just for children, so I enjoyed reading it, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago