Friendship, Sharks

Misunderstood Shark: Friends Don’t Eat Friends by Ame Dyckman

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Back of Book:
This hilarious follow-up to Misunderstood Shark by New York Times bestselling duo Ame Dyckman and Scott Magoon tackles what it really means to be a good friend. Bob is already irate that Shark has eaten him, but when Shark doesn’t admit to eating him, Bob is so mad he declares that the ocean isn’t big enough for both of them! Friends Don’t Eat Friends is exploding with over-the-top humor and awesome marine facts! For example, when Shark overdoses on Finilla Ice Cream after fighting with Bob, we learn that shark teeth are coated with fluoride. Lucky for Shark, he can’t get cavities! Join Shark and the gang for another story and find out if Shark learns his lesson about friendship, or if he really is just misunderstood — again!
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from author Amy Dyckman in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the first book in the Misunderstood Shark Series and the second book does not disappoint. Bob and Shark are back with a new story that gives fun facts about sharks while also giving readers a positive message about friendship. The text is written with a mix of speech bubbles and regular text. I loved that Amy continued her tongue in cheek humor that made her first book so fun. Readers will laugh as sharks misguided actions cause him to accidentally eat his friend. The end of the story shows readers a positive conflict resolution and how important apologies are in friendship. The illustrations are bright and colorful. This is a must-have for elementary classrooms.
Ages 5 and up
48 Pages

Sharks

A-Z of Sharks – The Alphabet of the Shark World By Paula Hammond

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Back of Book:

If you know your ABCs why not try the sharks alphabet? A is for Angel Shark, B is for Bull Shark, C is for…? Full of fun facts and illustrations A-Z of Sharks presents 26 weird and wonderful creatures from the deep.
My Review:
Shark week is July 22nd- July 29th. I am very excited to share this amazing nonfiction picture book with my summer class next week. It is a detailed look at 26 sharks. Each shark begins with a different letter of the alphabet. I love that each page has a fact that is unique to that shark. The illustrations are detailed and beautiful. This is a must read for all shark enthusiasts.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Sharks

If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams

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Back of Book:

A healthy ocean is home to many different kinds of animals. They can be
big, like a whale,
tiny, like a shrimp,
and even scary, like a shark.
Even though sharks can be scary, we need them to keep the oceans healthy. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, many shark species are in danger of extinction, and that can cause big problems in the oceans and even on land.
What would happen if this continued and sharks disappeared completely?
My Review:
Shark Week is officially July 22nd to July 29th. It is a week dedicated to teaching people about these amazing beasts in the oceans. “If Sharks Disappeared” is a fun and in -depth look at how sharks keep our oceans balanced. The book also shares how vulnerable sharks are to extinction and how if they disappeared the population of other animals would be thrown off balance. I love that the back of the book has a glossary, as well as an authors about how some of the amazing places that sharks reside. The illustrations are fun and follow a young girl as she learns about the amazing creatures that are sharks. This is a great nonfiction addition to any shark unit.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Sharks

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

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Back of Book: Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. She couldn’t imagine anything more exciting than studying these graceful creatures. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary―and they didn’t think women should be scientists.
Determined to prove them wrong, Eugenie devoted her life to learning about sharks. After earning several college degrees and making countless discoveries, Eugenie wrote herself into the history of science, earning the nickname “Shark Lady.” Through her accomplishments, she taught the world that sharks were to be admired rather than feared and that women can do anything they set their minds to.
My Review:
If you have never heard or read about the amazing Eugenic Clark then this book is a must read! Zoologist Jess Keating did an excellent job researching the Shark Lady. The text follows Eugenic from a little girl obsessed with sharks, to a woman who made some of the most profound observations about the creature that everyone else feared! I loved learning about how Eugenic helped show people that sharks are not to be feared. She trained sharks like some people trained dogs. One of the aspects of this book that make it unique is the Shark Bites page in the back of the book. It shares more information about sharks. The book also has a timeline that shares the life of Eugenic Clark. Finally, the back of the book has a note from the author that tells readers who she wanted to share the lie of the amazing Shark Lady. The illustrations in this story are lovely and show sharks in a new light. Perfect book for any nonfiction collection.
Ages 6 and up
40 Pages

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Sharks

Shawn Loves Sharks by Curtis Manley

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Back of Book:

 

Shawn loves sharks.

 

He loves their dark, blank eyes.
He loves their big mouths full of sharp teeth.
And he loves pretending to be a shark and chasing Stacy around the playground.

 

Shawn loves sharks more than anything else in the world. But Predator Day at school is on Monday and Great White Shark isn’t assigned to Shawn.

 

It’s assigned to…Stacy.

 

My Review:

 

As a teacher, I am always on the lookout for books that will show readers a love of animals. Shawn loves Sharks is a perfect example of one boy’s passion for sharks.  Shawn loves every part of sharks. So much so that it’s the only thing he wants to study. When he chooses a different animal, he is devastated! This story is a great look at how to handle disappointment. Shawn realizes that it is okay to have more than one favorite animal.  This is one of those stories that has several hidden gems. It can be used to discuss friendship, change, ,frustration, and above all else sharks. The story has great word choice, and the illustrations are engaging and fun. This is a great read aloud for anytime.

 

Ages 5 and up

 

32 Pages 

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School, Sharks

Clark the Shark By Bruce Hale

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Back of Book:
Clark the Shark is a great read-aloud picture book, with fun rhythm and rhyme, from the ever-popular Bruce Hale and Guy Francis.
Clark is a shark with zing, bang, and BOOM. Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess. Clark loves life—but when his enthusiasm is too much for his friends, Clark’s teacher, Mrs. Ink ydink, helps him figure out a way to tone it down.
My Review:
Clark the Shark is a great story to integrate during the first week of school. All children must be taught to have indoor voices and how to find the balance of being excited, and not hurting others. I loved the examples of how Clark turned everything into a rhyme so he could remember them important things in school. I used this story as an example to my students that there is a time and a place for everything. This is such a fun story and a must read for shark week and back to school.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

 

Sharks, Uncategorized

Land Shark By Beth Ferry

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Back of Book:

The only thing Bobby wants for his birthday is a pet shark. So you can imagine his disappointment when his parents get him…a puppy. Everyone knows shark lovers can never become dog lovers. Or can they?

My Review: In honor of shark week I had to review Land Shark. It is a fun story about a boy named Bobby and his desire to have a pet shark. There is only one problem, his parents buy him a puppy instead. The story follows Bobby as he tries to convince his parents that a shark would be much better than a puppy. As the puppy brings on destruction of the house, Bobby becomes more and more sure that he will get his shark.  The story ends with a fun twist that readers will love. The Illustrations in this book are fantastic and fun. Great story to use as a read aloud.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

 

 

Sharks

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands By Katherine Roy

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Back of Book: Up close with the ocean’s most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them–just thirty miles from the Golden Gate Bridge!

A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean’s largest and most famous predators. Each fall, while the city’s inhabitants dine on steaks, salads, and sandwiches, the great white sharks return to California’s Farallon Islands to dine on their favorite meal: the seals that live on the island’s rocky coasts. Massive, fast, the great whites are among the planet’s most fearsome, fascinating, and least understood animals.

 

My Review:

One of my favorite weeks of the summer is Shark Week. It is an amazing look at some of the most feared, and beautiful creatures in the Sea. Neighborhood Sharks Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands is a perfect look at sharks. This book is broken up into sections that describe each aspect of a shark. Each page describes a different part of the shark’s body. The illustrations are detailed and teach the reader while also engaging them. I learned several new things about sharks that I never knew like how their jaws are fused to their skull. I think this is a great story to read if you want to know about what makes a shark unique.

Ages 7 and up

48 Pages