Sharks and dolphins both have torpedo-shaped bodies with fins on their backs. They slice through the water to grab their prey with sharp teeth. But despite their similarities, sharks and dolphins belong to different animal classes: one is a fish and gets oxygen from the water and the other is a mammal and gets oxygen from the air. Marine educator Kevin Kurtz guides early readers to compare and contrast these ocean predators through stunning photographs and simple, nonfiction text.

My Comments: This is a beautiful read for children. The pictures are outstanding. The text is simple enough for my second graders to enjoy. We used this book as part of our research for informational writing on sharks, and it gave us some good information. I like the way it is a compare/contrast book discussing the similarities and differences between the two animals. Different types of the two animals were highlighted. In the back of the book there is a sections entitled, “For Creative Minds.” This section gives even more information about sharks and dolphins. Arboreal provides great non-fiction texts for children. I highly recommend them!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

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