We Both Read-Sharks!

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Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Reading together is one of the most "quality time" activities an adult and child can do together. This book, part of the "We Both Read" series, combines that time-honored exercise with a subject guaranteed to get a young reader's attention: sharks. The book, with its lively color (photo and drawn) illustrations, is designed so that adults read aloud the left-hand page, with smaller print and more text, while the young reader reads out loud the right-hand page, with its larger type and simpler text. What a good idea! Inside the front cover is a two-page "Parent's Introduction," full of advice and tips such as, "If your child struggles with a word, you can encourage them to ?sound it out' but keep in mind that not all words can be sounded out." While both pages may feature words written in bold type (for emphasis, since there is no glossary) the young reader pages include pronunciation guides, i.e., (MAY-koe) for mako. Subject matter includes specific kinds of sharks, information about shark teeth, hunting/eating, reproduction, their excellent sense of smell and sight, how a shark moves through water and so on. The all-important discussion of human-shark interaction is included as well as the persistent subject of shark bites or attacks. Interestingly, the book does not have a glossary, index or list of books or web sites for further reading. That's disappointing, but the book is still a welcome addition to classroom or home. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 3—This book offers plenty of facts for students interested in sharks. On each spread, the verso has a full-color photo or painting with a paragraph of text underneath designed to be read by older readers or adults. The recto also has a colorful image plus a sentence or two of information written for younger readers. A few of the illustrations appear faded but this will not deter pre-, emerging, or fluent readers. The scope is balanced and covers a variety shark species, habitats, reproduction, and diet and encourages humans to learn about and protect these creatures. This welcome addition to nonfiction collections offers more information than Adreinne Bets's Sharks! Find Out What Makes These Super Fish Special (HarperCollins, 2005) and Allan Fowler's The Best Way to See a Shark (Children's Press, 1995) and complements Gail Gibbons's Sharks! (Holiday House, 1992).—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601152619
  • Publisher: Treasure Bay, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 982,001
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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