Sharksby Carol K. Lindeen
Text and photographs introduce sharks and their physical characteristics including their size, teeth, and fins, and their behavioral traits such as swimming in groups.
Children's LiteratureUntil recently, teachers of children that are non- or beginning readers had to improvise when teaching about aquatic creatures. This meant anything from finding and mounting their own pictures and relating facts to using books meant for older students, putting the text into simpler sentences. Now along comes the "Under the Sea" series with a large format, colorful underwater photographs and word count per book of 125 words or less. The texts are well crafted, with special words repeated for easy learning. The size and shape of these books with their colorful attractive covers make them appealing to teacher and student alike. Not only do they have a consulting editor, but an educational consultant, a member of the Southwest Marine/Aquatic Educator's Association. The subject of this title, sharks, exhibit a wide variety of sizes. Some can grow to be bigger than a car, where others can be as small as an adult's hand. The picture of a whale shark swimming with a diver illustrates just how big sharks can get. One shot shows a shark catching and eating a large crab. Pictures also show sharks' tails and fins and how they help sharks swim, with a close-up of the gills which help sharks breathe. The book includes a simple glossary, a bibliography, a reference to FactHound.com, an age-appropriate and safe Internet site for further research, plus an index. Identifying specific species would have been a welcome addition since young children often like to hear specific names. 2005, Pebble Plus/Capstone Press, Ages 2 to 6.
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