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    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient: K Lexile measure: AD510L Reading Recovery Level: 18
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Wandering Whale Sharks
By (author): Susumu Shingu
9781771471305 Hardcover, Dust jacket English, Translated from: Japanese Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from K - 5, Grade (US) from K - 5 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Fish Mar 15, 2015
$18.95 CAD
Active 9.75 x 9 x 0.44 in 48 pages Owlkids Books Inc.
Meet the world’s largest living fish: the whale shark. With a back like a mountain range and a body that creates an enormous, looming shadow in the ocean below him, the whale shark is an exceptionally gentle giant — and yet it is relatively unknown.

This informational picture book introduces readers to these stunning creatures in spare, poetic text. It’s a lyrical meditation that gives a sense of the whale shark’s slow, grand journey through the Earth’s oceans while creating an opportunity for inquiry and awe. Deep blue sketch illustrations play with perspective and seem to move with the natural energy of wind and water.

The book ends with a factual page about whale sharks, which can be found in all tropical seas, and have been spotted off the coast of several countries around the world, including South Africa, Australia, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Mexico. Readers will come away with a well-formed sense of wonder and respect as they leave the whale shark to continue his leisurely journey.

Susumu Shingu, an internationally known sculptor and architect, creates works that move with the natural energy of wind and water. His picture books include Strawberries, Spider, Little Birds and Traveling Butterflies. (OKB will be publishing Butterflies in the Fall 2015.)

"The overall imagery and poetic text combine to create a pleasing book on an unlikely topic for the youngest children." - Kirkus Reviews

"Metaphoric and concise... Both words and illustrations by Shingu have an energy and spirit that reflect the swirling blue depths of the ocean itself and can be appreciated on a multitude of levels." - Booklist

"A poetic and visually stunning introduction to one of the ocean's largest and gentlest creatures." - School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

"Animal and shark lovers will enjoy this book and want to read it over and over again." - School Library Connection

"A beautifully illustrated story of the world's largest living fish." - Resource Links

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