Friday, July 8, 2016

Please Be Nice to Sharks: Fascinating Facts about the Ocean’s Most Misunderstood Creatures by Matthew Weiss [Review & Giveaway - open USA/CANADA]


ISBN: 9781454917489
Sterling Children's Books

Summer time is here! Time to splash and swim in the great ocean waters is here! And time to be aware of some of the most awesome creatures on the planet - Sharks. Shark week 2016 is officially beginning Sunday June 26th. But let's begin a countdown now learning about these JAWsome creatures. Then watch everywhere beginning June 26th for more JAWsome information

Sterling Publishing (Sterling Children's Books) has a book  that hit the shelves in early June 2016 that is beautifully illustrated showing these JAWsome creatures. Matt Weiss is using his wonderful talent to bring us fascinating facts about the Ocean's Most Misunderstood Creatures. 

Now let's dive deep to see just why we should Be Nice To Sharks

Typically we think of sharks as these stealthy grey & white monsters with horrendous teeth that lurk in the waters preying on people. But as the author points out that it isn't true (p. 3) and that they are being over-fished for collecting fins and for sport. Shark fin soup is considered a delicacy and 70 million sharks killed yearly for this food. Weiss reports that almost all the sharks in the oceans are gone and they could become extinct.
Some say, "Good riddance. They are dangerous." But consideration needs to be given to the fact that sharks are like the caretakers of the oceans and the waters cover almost three-quarters of Earth's surface. WOW!

Reading Please Be Nice to Sharks: Fascinating Facts about the Ocean's Most Misunderstood Creatures will open the reader's eyes, mind, and hearts to considering the caretakers of the ocean. The text is in the first person as though each type of shark is speaking to the reading and sharing a bit about themselves. The tone is light-hearted as if the shark is saying, "Hey look, I'm not a bad guy after all."

So as you swim in the oceans, be alert and if you see fins, maybe you should get out because the sharks are doing just what they are made to do - roaming the oceans, being its caretaker, and looking for food.

As you visit the various aquariums across the world, look at these magnificent creatures and be amazed; be thankful that they were created and that they roam the oceans.


At the end of the book, there is a great index so you can find the specific sharks, pages about attacks, about the food chain, and other delightful stuff.


GIVEAWAY
Begins July 8
ENDS July 28 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only
About the book: Meet 14 cool sharks (and one manta ray) and see why it's important to BE NICE TO SHARKS! Though they’re often portrayed as vicious man-eaters, sharks actually kill fewer than 10 people per year. Yet those myths cause real harm: many species are being hunted to extinction, with as many as 100-200 million sharks being killed each year.

Matt Weiss is the owner of Dive Photo Guide and is a diver, photographer, biologist, author, and ocean lover. Please Be Nice To Sharks is his first children’s book. Follow him on Twitter at either @MattDPG or @DivePhotoGuide and learn more about him on his website: DivePhotoGuide.com. Matt lives in New York. 


DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Sterling Children's Books to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated. Winner's copy will be shipped to them directly by the publisher.

22 comments:

  1. I'm not afraid of sharks but then again, I've only seen them at the aquarium. Not something we have to worry about in Arizona.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm kind of afraid of sharks. I've never encountered one.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I would be afraid of sharks if I encountered them when I was in the water. Thankfully, I have not had such a close encounter!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  4. I am not really afraid of sharks but when I am at the beach I am always aware of what is around me when I am in the water. I respect that if I am in the water I am invading on their space. I wouldn't want sharks to invade my space and start playing in my yard. Haha Seriously great creatures.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I think I have a healthy fear/respect of sharks. I lived on a boat until I was ten, but only encountered a shark twice. When I was probably about 6 or 7 fishermen brought in a dead shark and layed out on our dock. It was pregnant, and I remember them pushing on it's side and smaller sharks just popped out of a small slit on it's stomach. Some were dead, but others were alive and they released them into the water. Then, when I was 9 or 10 I saw a small one swimming by the dock in our marina. I always was aware when I swam that there could be sharks...but I didn't particularly worry about it. I did once see a manta ray underneath me (again, a small one...like 1 foot across) and I never got out of the water quicker (I thought it might be an electric ray, which we had there too--it wasn't).

    ReplyDelete
  6. I've never seen one but if I happened to see one then I would be afraid.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have never seen a shark but would be really scared if I did.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I've seen a shark at the Shedd Aquariam a long time ago. I thank God that I have never seen one when I was in the ocean! I don't care how misunderstood they are!! ๐Ÿ‹

    ReplyDelete
  9. Definitely afraid of sharks. I've only seen them behind glass.

    ReplyDelete
  10. After seeing and hearing all the bad things about sharks on TV in the past, you bet your sweet bippy that I am afraid of SHARKS! :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have never seen a large shark up close and I would be afraid of them.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Never seen a shark in open waters. However, I would not like to ... ever see a shark up close and personal.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I've only seen them in captivity. I love sharks, really enjoy learning about them on Discovery. I would love to go swimming with them, would be such a great experience. If one came at me I would punch him in the nose, or at least that's what I've heard. They are amazing and beautiful. I want to teach my Granddaughter to learn more about them. They go to the beach frequently and she and her friends need to learn safety if something happened.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I've never encountered a shark but sure, I would be afraid if I did.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I've never encountered a shark except in an aquarium. I'm not sure if I'd be afraid :/

    ReplyDelete
  16. I am 100% terrified of sharks. They are my #1 fear. I try not and talk to my kids about it because I don't want them to be afraid of them. You won't ever find me swimming in the ocean. Even seeing them at aquariums scares me a bunch.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh for sure scared of sharks, but love watching them! The Whale shark is such a gentle shark...so beautiful to watch!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I would say yes, I am afraid of sharks. My shark encounter was when our church had a fishing trip and one of the girls caught a shark on her line. It was a baby one but still a shark. We were all shocked and surprised and took a lot of pictures. She had the bragging rights that day for sure!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

    ReplyDelete
  19. Not afraid of them, i respect them. They are wonderful creatures. I stay out of their habitat when possible.

    ReplyDelete
  20. My girls don't enjoy books like this, but I expect I am soon in for a whole new world of books when my boys start reading! :) Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

    ReplyDelete
  21. Cool! I've never heard of a bamboo shark before. My son loves books about sharks. We would love for you to share this at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=1189

    ReplyDelete
  22. I am afraid of sharks and, thankfully, have never encountered one.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment here at Chat With Vera. If you need to contact me directly, please use the email associated with this blog and posted in the sidebar.