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Gr 3-5Parker presents information from the point of view of what if rather than why. Double-page spreads present various aspects of undersea life, including environmental issues, often using a question-and-answer format. The author does not necessarily specify where the animals or plants are found, e.g., "Common eels are actually born in the middle of the ocean" (no mention is made of the Sargasso Sea). The question "What if sharks didn't have teeth?" is illustrated with a drawing of a toothless shark, wrinkled mouth wrapped around a diver's leg. Many of the paragraphs contain substantive facts presented in entertaining, readable, informal language. However, no pronunciation guide is given for more difficult words such as cartilaginous or chondricthyes. Sometimes the facts are exaggerated and unsubstantiated, e.g., the gathering of the females' eggs into the brood pouches of sea horses and pipe fish is presented as male pregnancy. Also, not all sharks must continue swimming to stay afloat. The full-color illustrations are humorous rather than realistic. They often match and amplify the narrative, but occasionally go so far into humor as to be misleading, e.g., the sea horse is shown with a human baby riding its back. A one-page "fact file" contains shocking tidbits rather than a summary of facts, and the one-page index is not inclusive.Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA
Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Is it true that some sharks will eat almost everything? What's the smallest shark? Are there sharks that don't look like sharks? Why does a hammer head shark have such a unique head shape? Were sharks around during the days of the dinosaurs? Young readers are fascinated with sharks and they have many questions about them. This book, with its lively, colorful format, attempts to answer them. Questions/answers are numbered from one to one hundred. Here is a sampling: [Number] 2: The biggest shark is the whale shark that can weigh up to thirteen tons and grow to forty feet in length, while the smallest, the dwarf lantern shark can fit in the palm of your hand. 37: The Goblin shark has a long, pointed snout and resembles a unicorn. 29: The most dangerous, predatory shark is the great white but 57: some sharks are small and relatively safe so people can swim nearby with care. And so on! But the book doesn't stop at one hundred. Shark fin shaped boxes contain "I don't believe it!" factoids such as the fact that some shark pups developing in their mothers eat the smaller ones. Triangular shark teeth boxes also list facts; for example, a list of sharks that are not dangerous. The book lists some "shark cousins" such are the manta ray, and includes a flying ray art project. The book includes information on saving sharks, many of which are endangered or threatened, as well as an index. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615332496
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Series: Rosen I Love Animals Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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