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Surprising Sharks: Read and Wonder Paperback – April 26, 2005
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About the Author
Nicola Davies, a zoologist and author of such books as WILD ABOUT DOLPHINS, ONE TINY TURTLE, and BAT LOVES THE NIGHT, has a special love of the sea. She has seen basking sharks off the coast of England and once came face to face with a shark while she was snorkeling - a baby spotted dogfish about the size of a sardine. Since sharks have been on Earth a lot longer than humans, she feels they deserve our respect and protection. She lives in Somerset, England.
James Croft has always enjoyed drawing sharks and finds that their teeth, speed, and the sense of danger they evoke fuel his imagination like no other creature. The illustrator of numerous books for children, including the Brand New Readers MOUSE HAS FUN and MOUSE GOES OUT by Phyllis Root, James Croft lives and works in London.
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WARNING: Once you buy one of these you will need to buy more. This is because you will get sick of hearing the same story on constant repeat a hundred gazillion times during your car rides.
I purchased a copy via our local aquarium gift shop. I'm now a huge fan of the "read, listen, and wonder" series - based on this sharks book and their seahorses book. In fact, I'm starting to wonder if I'm a covert Candlewick Press fanatic (see my reviews of the Oscar the cat series by Geoff Waring). Make sure you get a copy that is "Read, Listen, and Wonder" not just "Read and Wonder." For a couple of dollars more, you get a very nicely done audio CD. It seems like all the CD's in this series follow a basic pattern 1) narrator reads the main story 2) narrator reads the "factoids" that accompany the story 3) narrator reads the main story again, but this time there is a chime to let kids know when to turn the page.
My child is three years old, and many parts of these books are way over his head. But he does still pick up a ton of useful and interesting information from listening to the book and looking at the book. I think these are books that will have a long life span, I can see him liking them even when he is in elementary school because of all the factoids. I myself have learned a few facts from each of the books despite having visited multiple aquariums and watching multiple documentaries and reading national geographic! These books have good info in them! And I suspect that each of them has a bit of a conversation/take care of nature message in them as well, which I really appreciate.
Nicely done Candlewick! Now just make it easier for us to find more books from this series! It seems like a few of them are out of print.