Cover image for Sharks.
Reader's Digest Association.
Publication Information:
Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader's Digest Association, [1998]

Physical Description:
159 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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Central Library QL638.9 .S458 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The popular Reader's Digest Explores series reveals a fascinating and often beautiful undersea world that few have seen. Readers can learn where sharks live, what they eat, and how they have adapted to their environment, as well as how to identify the truly dangerous kinds out of nearly 500 species known around the world. 180 color photos and illustrations.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Incompletely identified writers and editors have smoothed the contributions of a passel of scientists and a couple of well-informed divers into a first-class popular book on the ultimate demons of the deep. Part 1 of the tripartite work explores sharks in as much detail as is known (there is still a lot to learn about the fish's behavior). The second part is a historical compendium of shark-human encounters that includes plenty of grisly tales and surprising revelations (e.g., the murder disclosed when a shark vomited the victim's arm; the speculation that Jonah got gulped by a great white shark, which has been known to regurgitate would-be meals live and whole). The last part describes all 344 known shark species, notes a gaggle of shark records (largest, smallest, etc.), and provides a summary with maps of all documented shark attacks on humans. The text throughout is every bit as accessible as that of this project's sponsor, Reader's Digest, if not more so. Every page is illustrated, usually in color, and well laid out. A surefire smash in any public library. General and species indexes. RO. 597'.31 Sharks [Australian CIP]

School Library Journal Review

YA A book sure to capture the interest of young adult readers, many of whom will be drawn to it by the terrifying stories and pictures it contains. These accounts include an attack on a shark expert in Australia who continues his interest in sharks even after losing his leg to one, sharks terrorizing a town in New Jersey ten miles from the sea, and a case in which a shark helps solve a murder. Written by several shark experts, including Ron and Valerie Taylor, underwater divers who helped film Jaws and Blue Waters, White Death, the book is divided into three sections: ``World of the Shark,'' ``Men and Sharks,'' and ``Facts about Sharks and Shark Attacks.'' It is well illustrated with numerous photographs, charts, and maps. They show the 350 species of sharks from the 59 dwarf to the 59-foot whale shark. In the introduction, the Taylors state their hope that readers will ``come away with a greater appreciation of a sadly misunderstood group of fascinating and complex creatures.'' They certainly should. Lee Kobayashi, St. Francis Episcopal Day School (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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