Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands
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Age Range
9+
Release Date
September 30, 2014
ISBN
9781596438743
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Up close with the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them—just thirty miles from San Francisco's 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 hunt their favorite meal: the seals that live on the island's rocky coasts. Massive, fast, and perfectly adapted to hunting after 11 million years of evolution, the great whites are among the planet's most fearsome, fascinating, and least understood animals. In the fall of 2012, Katherine Roy visited the Farallons with the scientists who study the islands' shark population. She witnessed seal attacks, observed sharks being tagged in the wild, and got an up close look at the dramatic Farallons—a wildlife refuge that is strictly off-limits to all but the scientsts who work there. Neighborhood Sharks is an intimate portrait of the life cycle, biology, and habitat of the great white shark, based on the latest research and an up-close visit with these amazing animals.

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A must-have unique book!
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
The combination of formats - a picture book story following a shark, and a juvenile non-fiction - creates a unique structure that makes Katherine's solo debut a winner.

The informational text is well-written, clear, and easy to understand. The art is impressive in its depth, and dramatic in scope.

The two-page spreads featuring sharks attacking elephant seals are breathtaking. The anatomical illustrations and environmental diagrams are illustrated by the author as well; they are colorful and bold, but done with simple and elegant lines that make the diagrams easy to follow. However, the text labeling the diagrams is very small and should have been increased in size and boldness.

The verdict: This book is a must-have for all libraries, school and public. If you know a kid who likes sharks or the ocean, they are definitely going to need this book!
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