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Hammerhead Shark
     

Hammerhead Shark

by Camilla de la Bedoyere
 

Dive down beneath the waves and catch a glimpse at some of nature's greatest predators. Discover Sharks from QED is the perfect introduction to sharks. Check out the super strength of the Great White, the taunting taste buds of the Tiger shark, the bizarre head shape of the Hammerhead and the human-friendly nature of the Whale shark.

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Dive down beneath the waves and catch a glimpse at some of nature's greatest predators. Discover Sharks from QED is the perfect introduction to sharks. Check out the super strength of the Great White, the taunting taste buds of the Tiger shark, the bizarre head shape of the Hammerhead and the human-friendly nature of the Whale shark.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Next to the great white, the aptly-named hammerhead is probably the most readily recognized shark. Like other kinds of sharks, hammerheads spend their entire lives in the ocean. As other fish breathe in the water, so do these huge sharks. When young readers look at a hammerhead shark, the first thing they may notice is its uniquely-shaped head with eyes located on each side of the end. According to de la Bedoyere, the placement of its eyes helps this shark locate food, while the shape of its head helps it swim. With its huge size of about five and a half feet (fifteen meters) in length, torpedo-shaped body, and a vertical tail fin that is long on top and short on the bottom, the hammerhead is an efficient predator. This book, with its close-up, colorful illustrations and simple-to-read text, provides a solid, basic introduction to hammerhead sharks. It covers different types of hammerheads, hunting behavior, and reproduction. Readers learn that this shark gives birth to live pups that quickly swim away to hunt for their own food. And these big sharks have big litters, sometimes as many as forty at a time. The author concludes with a comment similar to that found in all the series' books in the series: "now we know that hammerhead are amazing animals!" This book includes a brief glossary, and an index. Part of the "Discover Sharks" series. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Simply written introductions. Short blocks of widely spaced, large-print text are set on color-photo spreads showing the sharks in their natural habitats. Each title briefly describes some outstanding characteristics, and the subject's basic shape and key body parts, labeled in the photographs. Also outlined are hunting and feeding techniques, diet, and average number and size of the young. Most of the photographs are of average quality; however, several in Hammerhead are indistinct (e.g., one head shot refers to the eyes in the text but they are not discernible). While the brief texts are lucid, they omit some important information. For instance, Great White depicts a shark with its mouth wide open and asks, "How many teeth can you see?" then fails to give the actual average number. Hammerhead states that the fish "knows when animals are near, even when it can't see them," but doesn't explain how. Deborah Nuzzolo's Hammerhead Shark (Capstone, 2008) covers the same basic information and has sharper photography; Sandra Markle's beautifully photographed Sharks: Biggest! Littlest! (Boyds Mills, 2008), a thorough general introduction, includes the aforementioned species along with the data omitted from these books (the average number of the great white's teeth and an explanation of the hammerhead's special sensors that detect prey's electrical charges).—Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609923716
Publisher:
QEB Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Series:
Discover Sharks Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
IG450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Camilla de la Bedoyere was a teacher for 10 years before she became a full-time nonfiction author. She has written more than 250 books for children. Camilla is currently Editor of the Children's Page of a British national newspaper.

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