At the beach, in the ocean – they lurk beneath the surface. So which sharks are the fiercest of them all?
Title: Creature Files Sharks
Author: L.J. Tracosas
ISBN: 9780760360361 Language: English
Themes: sharks, facts
What’s it about?
The facts and nothing but the facts. Each 2-page spread concentrates on one particular breed of shark. For each shark the facts include size, weight, location, as well as a fact specific to the sharks’ bite (such as their teeth).
The simple 2-coloured illustrations showing the size, weight etc are really eye catching and easy to read. This book doesn’t have too many photographs with text everywhere in horrid colours – a lot of thought has gone in to ensuring an effective and engaging layout for children. A variety of shark species has been included (and yes, the favourites are there!)
Thumbs up – so nothing here!
My son has been fascinated with sharks for over 12 months ever since he discovered a National Geographic DVD I had about sharks. He had a super basic book which didn’t have the best formatting but he loved it to pieces (literally). This book therefore is great for me on a personal level because my son will love this book!
This book gets the balance correct in terms of formatting. In the classroom this would be a great book to use to study facts about sharks and have students complete research about their favourite one from the book (or for older students, one that isn’t in the book). I can definitely see this book appealing to boys in particular because of the easy to understand information and the rather nifty and cool facts about the bites. Also, the simplicity of the layout also means this is an ideal book to be using with ESL/ELL as it is accessible to them for at least understanding the basics even if they’re still developing their English-language skills.
An activity I would love to do with this book would be to go onto the school oval and use tape/wool to measure out to show the actual size of the sharks – that way students’ can get a real ideal of their size in comparison to themselves. I think I will definitely do a Teaching Ideas page for this one as soon as I gather a few bits together!