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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: The Best Book of
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Reprint edition (April 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753458756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753458754
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-A slender, highly visual title. Two-page chapters are usually graced with a large dramatic full-color illustration or two (several of which lose considerable amount in the gutter) and one-to-a-dozen smaller illustrations and/or diagrams. An introductory paragraph is bolstered by the informative captions accompanying the smaller images. Topics include basic shark physiology, various species, gestation, dentition, and (of course) shark attacks on humans. While the book is visually inviting (and the open-jawed great white shark on the cover is riveting), it is not as informative as Helen Sattler's extremely handsome Sharks (Lothrop, 1986; o.p.) or Mary Cerullo's readable Sharks (Cobblehill, 1993). Sharks, however, are popular subjects for general reading, and this book may do the trick for browsers looking for a new title.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Claire Llewellyn is a prize-winning author of nonfiction for young readers. In 1991 she was shortlisted for the prestigious TES Junior Information Book Award for MacDonald's Take One: Rubbish, and in 1992 she won that award for My First Book of Time. Since then she has written more than 20 children's books on a wide range of subjects. She is the author of Kingfisher's recent Saints and Angels. Claire lives in Hertford.

Customer Reviews

Would highly recommend for young readers.
Capview
I bought this book for my 4 year old son who is obsessed with sharks and he loves it.
S. K. Graff
She wanted this book for her birthday and she got it.
Thomas S. Barto

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By DD67 on February 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book for children 2 to 7. my son who is 3 1/2 and several of my dar-care-children enjoy looking at this book. It shows several species of sharks, talks about their gills and how they breath with their gills. Shows Scuba divers studying the sharks.The scuba divers where of great interest to the children. The photos are very nice. It has just enough information for a young child.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Yvette Yasui on November 12, 2007
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This beautifully illustrated book has some teeth. It identifies many kinds of sharks as well as gives information about their life cycles, how babies are born, where they live and how they eat. It is straight forward, does not demonize sharks or scare kids about them. And it's great to look at.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat Goltz on August 1, 2013
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I originally ordered this book for one of our grandchildren, and I will try to give it to him as soon as possible. I try never to give a book to a child that I have not read myself.

This book is suitable for elementary school aged children. It is packed with a lot of interesting information, and very nice illustrations. A few of the many different species are illustrated to give an idea of the diversity of sharks.

It covers all aspects of sharks, their life cycle, structure and design of their bodies, teeth, reproduction, what they eat, and so forth. There is a section on how divers protect themselves when they study sharks. There is a brief description of how to behave if you are in the water by accident and a shark comes along. Not all sharks are dangerous to humans. The way the danger is explained is unlikely to upset most children, who probably already know sharks can be dangerous.

There is no nonsense about evolution in this book, just facts. If you want a good book for children in this age group, this is the one to get. The vocabulary is a little stretching, but manageable for an early reader with some help as needed. It is clearly written and very accessible.

I liked the book so well I ordered a copy for myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By guitfiddleblue VINE VOICE on November 24, 2014
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I bought this book thinking that it would have actual pictures of the sharks. It does not. It only has illustrations. The information is very good, but nothing you can't find on the internet or in any other shark book for kids. I was disappointed with the pictures. I wish I could give it more stars, but I feel that it only deserves three because of this.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Water Monkey on October 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for some books for your young one to read and learn from "The Best Book of Sharks" is a nice start. Since it is directed to kids the detail level is minimal. If your kids like fish this book will have them asking questions.
This is a nice book for parents to read to their kids, while they look at the pictures
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Melin on August 3, 2010
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My almost 8 year old daughter loves sharks. The quality and contents of this book are very good. Great photos. But, she is not able to read it on her own. I was hoping she could read it to herself, but it's made for a good read aloud.
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The Best Book of Sharks is a very good book. I bought it for my 8 year old grandson who has really enjoyed it. He recites knowledge from the book and I like it because it is easy for him to read it. I would recommend this book to every child interested in marine life.
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The Best Book of Sharks gives a lot of information about sharks and human interaction/statistics/items we make with sharks. The pictures are awesome as well, making this my sons favorite shark book. He reads it to everyone who comes to our house.
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