If Sharks Disappeared (If Animals Disappeared, Book 1)

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Have you ever seen the movie Jaws?  When you hear the word shark, do you get a shiver?  Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if there were no more sharks left in the oceans?  Did you know that "more people are likely to be killed falling of their bed than they are to be killed by a shark?"

Here's a brilliant, bright book, narrated by a young girl with beautiful brown skin that takes us into our world to see just how sharks fit in and all the important, good things they do to keep our ecosystems in balance.  All species on our planet are interconnected.  What happens to one can have an impact along the food chain all the way to you and me.  Say what?

Turns out sharks have been around for over 450 million years.  Take a look at the vibrant timeline at the beginning of the book and meet our guide standing at the end where we human beings finally showed up.  She's about to introduce us to a new term for our vocabulary..apex species.  Turns out sharks are an apex species - that means they're at the top of the food chain in their ecosystem.

Scientists have figured out that if you get rid of the apex species bad things happen.  Think of Jean Craighead George's books, The Buffalo Are and The Wolves Are Back.  So, how do sharks fit in?  What's the connection between a shark and you?  What will happen if we don't step in and save our sharks from extinction?

This is a highly informative, quick-paced, colorful book that invites and sparks curiosity with its bold illustrations and the facts and vocabulary that show a deep respect for our children's need to learn and understand their world. It's a smart book.  It's a sophisticated book in both the word choice, the level of information provided, the diverse main character and the energy of the illustrations.

The story invites us all to see our important responsibility to protect sharks and safeguard our natural world.  Valuable end notes include, "How You Can Help Save Sharks" and a glossary...for young readers and their adults.

Something about this book really impressed me.  It's the kind of book that stays with you.   It was so intelligent and the flow of information was so smart and the illustrations were so engaging.  It was learning while having fun...an amazing combination.  Something special here.

40 pages      978-1626724136     Ages 6-10

Read alike:  World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky

Keyword: Non-fiction picture book

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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