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National Geographic Kids Everything Sharks: All the shark facts, photos, and fun that you can sink your teeth into Paperback – April 12, 2011

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Satisfy the shark-fact feeding frenzy! These torpedo-shaped swimmers are an obsession for many kids. In Everything Sharks, exciting photos depict great whites, hammerheads, and more. Scientists tell hair-raising tales about encounters. With its awesome facts and action-packed images, this book brings kids close to the mysterious lives of sharks.


Q&A with "Everything Sharks" author Ruth A. Musgrave

Q: What is your favorite thing about sharks?
A: There are 450-500 kinds of sharks and they come in different sizes, shapes, and lifestyles. Oh, and I think it’s astonishing that 10% of sharks are bioluminescent (glow-in-the-dark)!

Q: What is one little known fact about sharks that might make people less afraid of them?
A: Most sharks are about the size of a baseball bat. Most sharks also live in the deep-sea, no where near people.

Q: In NGK Everything Sharks there is a list of real and often odd things that are more likely to happen to you than being attacked by a shark. Things like…you are more likely to win American Idol or stub your toe! When did you first fall in love with sharks?
A: It became a never-ending fascination when I first heard about the tiny cookie-cutter shark, and how it preys on whales and other sharks! (pg 29, 37) I loved it and had to know more. That led to the realization that great whites and blue sharks are the exception, not the rule, to sharks and their natural history.

Q: They say dogs are a man’s best friend. Who is a shark’s best friend?
A: Kids, I hope. They can be the voice to protect sharks as enthusiastically as people protect whales and other ocean animals.

Q: Tell us about Fintastic Friday! It sounds… fantastic???
A: Fintastic Friday: Giving sharks a Voice is a new, fun, and important holiday for kids. The purpose is to celebrate sharks. Part of the reason shark populations are declining so rapidly, and with so little fanfare, is because they are portrayed as villains. The goal of Fintastic Friday is to change that view, to present sharks as they really are: awesome and important predators that the oceans need. Everyone can celebrate in their own way. Maybe learn more about sharks by reading Everything Sharks, post a sign on your door, make a craft or even hold a "Sharks in the Park Rally" with friends or classmates. As the holiday grows in popularity so will the appreciation--and then protection--of sharks.

Q: The photos in this book are incredible. What’s your favorite photo in Everything Sharks?
A: Wow, that’s the hardest question. Every page has stunning photos and there many of sharks I’ve never seen photos of before. Every time I look at the book I find a new favorite. A couple of my favorites include the prickly shark (pg 14) and frilled shark (pg 37) because they are so unusual. I love the silly grin on the lemon shark (pg 44). It looks so cute and that’s a word one doesn’t often hear in the same sentence with a shark!

About the Author

Ruth Musgrave is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Kids magazine. This is her first book for National Geographic.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1030L (What's this?)
  • Series: National Geographic Kids Everything
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426307691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426307690
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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EXCELLENT book with lots of colorful pictures and information. Exactly what you would expect from National Geographic Kids. We gave it to our 9 year old shark-loving son and he was super excited as he looked through all the pages and then went back and read the whole book. He references it quite often. Good buy.
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My 4 yr old grandson became fascinated with sharks while watching "shark week" on tv last summer. Since he loves books and stories, I thought it would be nice to find him some books about sharks. There are lots of books about sharks for kids, but this is the best one I've found. Most of the books are a bit scary for 4-6 yr olds. Yes, sharks can hurt or kill people or other sea animals, but this National Geographic Book for kids presents all the information about sharks in a benign, non-sensational manner and there are no scary (bloody body part)) photos. This book is colorful and well designed, in order to capture a child's attention. My grandson is now quite well-versed in his knowledge of all varieties of sharks. This book also includes maps to show kids where the various types of sharks live. This book is a great learning tool for geography, oceanography, concept of space and time and of course, shark facts!
In my opinion, National Geographic usually does a great job in presenting "adult" concepts and gearing them to young children. If you have a shark lover in your family, he or she would really enjoy this book.
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We just love National Geographic kids books in our house. They are very educational as well as fun to read. This book was used during out Ocean themed week. And I will also use it for a shark unit I plan on teaching as well.
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Did you know that sharks can here pray 820 feet away (over 2 football fields) away? Or that sharks can smell blood one-half mile away? or that sharks like the color yellow because it is easy to see under water? These and other fascinating facts about sharks can be found in this book. Maintaining their high standards, National Geographic has produced another book that begs to be shared. Whether the reader shares facts like those above or the gorgeous photographs, the book is perfect for all those shark-lovers out there, and even those who don't particularly care for sharks will find the information interesting. The book would also be very useful in teaching students how to read graphs, diagrams, and maps, as well as the importance of good captions. Highly recommended.
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My 4th grade students are obsessed with sharks this year, and I bought this book as an incentive. When they completely and accurately finish their work, they are rewarded with time to look at this book. There are amazing facts and wonderful illustrations. Not to mention, it has an abundance of non-fiction text features!
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My daughter loves this book and we do not go anywhere without it. The pictures are beautiful, and it's got just enough of the wow factor (teeth!) combined with lots of great facts.
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I got this for my grandson for his 8th bday. He loves sharks. Anything sharks. This book provided facts and wonderful photos for him. Great book!
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great book, lots of facts, numbers, and pictures. great even for adults to learn more about sharks. kids absolutely love it!
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