Hello everybody and welcome to our second Fantastic Fiction for Kids post! I was so happy last week when I saw/read the ripples which spread out from Lynn’s post all about great truck books. It was especially exciting to hear from some of you who haven’t previously left a comment – *thank you*!
Carrie’s chosen topic for today is SHARKS! I would say “let’s dive in” but I don’t want us to lose any limbs, so just sit back and enjoy!
We love this book because it has a running refrain of “Yummy! Yummy! Food for my tummy!” Plus, the sharks appear on just about every single page, and sometimes in mass quantity. This is just utterly fascinating when you are three and studying shark bodies.
This book is clever, brilliant, charming and just plain fun! Smiley Shark is really a very friendly shark. He tries really hard to make friends. The only problem is that every time he approaches the other sea creatures and smiles, all they see are his teeth. They eventually learn to trust him, but it’s a tough road there for awhile.
This book talks about the food chain but it is told in the form of a song (or rhyme). We like this book because it has a great white shark. And the great white shark, as you know, has a great many teeth. There are two page spreads with the shark chasing fish and we have enjoyed examining the great white’s hunting skills and style with Gobble it Up! [Zoe adds: Carrie has written more about this lovely book in her blog post Jim Arnosky Plays in Water]
Zoe adds some more:
I can’t resist adding our favourite shark book to this lovely list.
So now some music…
Yes, I’m afraid I have to start with the theme music to Jaws – great for playing chase with little kids all around the kitchen! Then there’s the chirpy Shark by Geof Johnson, the funny Bob the Shark by Mr. Heath and the marvellous Chivalrous Shark, originally written by Wallace Irwin, but performed here by Alleyoop (lyrics available here)
And not forgetting shark play…
Thanks again to Carrie from Reading my Library – please do pay her a visit and see how far she’s got on her library adventure! And if you’ve a few more spare minutes, please leave us your favourite shark books / music / crafts here in the comments – thanks!