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Author Seymour Simon is well known for his outstanding non-fiction / informational books for young children.
True confessions: When I grew up, reading informational texts was not taught or encouraged. It was not necessarily discouraged, but other than encyclopedias, I really don’t remember reading—or seeing—many non-fiction books.
So, as motivated as I am to try to digest non-fiction and how I truly find many non-fiction topics fascinating, I still find informational books sometimes difficult for me to read….
….until I have read Seymour Simon’s books—and Sharks is a prime example of his well-written, engaging writing style for informational texts.
Whereas the book is not a narrative non-fiction, the presentation of facts is written in a flowing, engaging and easy-to-understand way. An example of the Simon's informational writing style: "The largest shark, and indeed the largest fish in the world, is the whale shark. It can grow as long as sixty feet and weigh as much as twenty tons--as long and heavy as a huge trailer truck."
On the first page, Simon dispels the myths about sharks being man-eating monsters. In the subsequence pages, he presents intriguing information and facts that teach the reader about the fascinating animal that sharks are.
If you were not a shark fan before you read this book, you will come away with a new respect and a bit of wonderment about these incredible animals.
Kids will love this book. The pictures are close-up and graphic-but not scary- they match and add support to the text on the opposite the page.