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A sea full of sharks
Maestro, Betsy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [1990]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Describes the varieties, habitats, behavior, and physical characteristics of sharks.
Reading Level:
AD 850 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.8 0.5 114197.
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Clarence Library QL638.9 .M35 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Describes the varieties, habitats, behavior, and physical characteristics of sharks.

Author Notes

Betsy Maestro was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in elementary guidance from Southern Connecticut State College. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a kindergarten and first grade teacher for eleven years. During that time she became aware of the need for imaginative nonfiction to spark children's interests.

She has been creating books with her husband Giulio since 1974. She writes and he does the illustrating. They are best known for their nonfiction titles which include the American Story series. Together, they have produced over ninety titles. Her other works include How Do Apples Grow? and Why Do Leaves Change Color?

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6, younger for reading aloud. Fearful fascination draws us to a book about sharks, and the Maestros feed that excitement with lots of astonishing facts. Clear and dramatic, their combination of text and double-page illustrations in pencil and watercolor reveals how a great diversity of sharks feed, breathe, swim, breed, etc. The art is a little garish, with a bright turquoise background, and the text overuses the exclamation point. The "awesome" information needs no such histrionics. For example, in its lifetime, a shark can go through thousands of teeth. A large part of the shark's brain is used for the sense of smell. Some sharks cover immense distances and may travel all over the world; some live at the very bottom of the sea and hardly move at all. Most aren't dangerous unless disturbed; however, the tiger, blue, bull, hammerhead, and great white sharks are very dangerous to people. This is great for reading aloud and is sure to generate enthusiastic group discussion. ~--Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Brightly illustrated with full-color drawings on almost every page , this overview provides enough specific details on sharks to be a useful addition to any collection. Several interesting tidbits highlight some of the unique characteristics of sharks. Maestro also provides a brief but effective description of the range and power of the sharks' senses. In addition to drawings of over 20 kinds of sharks, Guilio Maestro has included an excellent double-page map of the world showing broad differences in water temperatures and the types of sharks that inhabit those specific areas. Drawings of sharks' teeth are done life size, including a fossilized shark tooth. Even without chapters, index, or glossary, this is a good browsing book that updates and expands such favorites as Carol Carrick's Sand Tiger Shark (Clarion, 1979) and John F. Waters' Hungry Sharks (Crowell, 1974). --Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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