Sharks (Kingfisher Knowledge Series)

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Kingfisher Knowledge: Sharks by Miranda Smith offers an extensive look at the notorious predators of the deep, providing insights on shark behavior, habitats, and the surprising variety of species that inhabit our oceans. In addition to breathtaking underwater photography, full-action computer-generated artwork brings to life the long-extinct Megalodon as it preys on a prehistoric whale, and captures the moment that a lemon shark gives birth in shallow waters. Through the fascinating text and imagery, readers ...

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Overview

Kingfisher Knowledge: Sharks by Miranda Smith offers an extensive look at the notorious predators of the deep, providing insights on shark behavior, habitats, and the surprising variety of species that inhabit our oceans. In addition to breathtaking underwater photography, full-action computer-generated artwork brings to life the long-extinct Megalodon as it preys on a prehistoric whale, and captures the moment that a lemon shark gives birth in shallow waters. Through the fascinating text and imagery, readers will learn facts about shark attacks; discover how sharks breathe, swim, communicate, and catch their prey; and find out the latest shark news and research.

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This book will fascinate readers, whether they know the group well or are diving into the topic for the first time. . . . In three chapters, the author delivers a great deal of information on structure, diversity, and the relationships between sharks and humans. . . . This book will help readers to understand these powerful hunters of the sea and that most of these animals are harmless. . . . [T]his topic will fascinate children no matter where they live. An extensive glossary and index are provided, so students can return to the topic again and again on their own.

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Gr 4-6

This is a pleasant introduction to the varied world of shark species, giving snippets on such critters as the ultra-tiny pygmy ribbontail catshark, the gigantic whale shark, the streamlined blue shark, and the frill wobbegong. In facing-page units, Smith covers such topics as physiology, pregnancy, and birth (no mention of mating), feeding techniques, migrations, and the long history of the shark family. (Yes, there is a spread on attacks.) A final section on "Sharks and People" looks at shark myths and tales, the problems of overfishing, and the need for conservation if these necessary predators can continue to survive. A plethora of photos plumps up the minimal text. Falling conveniently between Claire Llewellyn's easier The Best Book of Sharks (Kingfisher, 1999) and Miranda MacQuitty's more demanding Shark (DK, 2000), this volume will perk up your overfished 597.3's.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753461945
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Series: Kingfisher Knowledge Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.27 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Miranda Smith is a longtime editor and author of information books for both children and adults. She has a particular interest in the field of natural history and is the author of Eyewitness Living Earth.

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