Sharks Have Six Senses (Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science 2)

by John F Waters (Author) Bob Barner (Illustrator)

Sharks Have Six Senses (Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science 2)

Read and find out about sharks in this colorfully illustrated nonfiction picture book.

In the ocean, sharks are near the top of the food chain. Sharks have the same five senses as humans do, but they have an extra sixth sense that makes them especially deadly hunters. What is this sense and how does a shark use all six senses to track down prey? Read and find out!

Sharks Have Six Senses is a fascinating look into one of the most powerful predators in the sea.

This book also includes a find out more section with additional shark facts and web research prompts about shark conservation efforts. Both the text and the artwork were vetted for accuracy by Dr. George H. Burgess, director of the Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

This is a clear and appealing science book for early elementary age kids, both at home and in the classroom. It's a Level 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades. The 100+ titles in this leading nonfiction series are:

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Kirkus Reviews

A distinct and refreshing change of pace from the usual melodramatic shark fare. 


Waters offers good information about how sharks use their senses differently than humans and, in particular, about sharks’ “extra sixth sense . . . electroreception,” which helps them find their prey by sensing other animals’ electric fields.

Hornbook Guide to Children

Although this is a straightforward book of information, it's built around an engaging narrative that introduces the other five shark senses, as well as the headline sixth one, electroreception.

School Library Journal

Gr 1-2--In this attractive picture book, Waters explains how sharks use six senses to great advantage. With distant touch, they detect minute changes in water current and temperature, and they hear vibrations over vast distances. With their gills, they smell underwater, and they can see in the dark. With nodes located in their throat and mouth, they can taste the animals they catch. Electroreception, sharks' unique sixth sense, enables them to detect creatures' electric fields, including the human heartbeat. The text employs useful, real-world examples. For instance, Waters compares a shark using electroreception to a beachcomber with a metal detector finding coins hidden under the sand. Spreads in bright yet gentle colors depict these animals and their prey, and the cut-paper collage illustrations soften the sharks' deadly actions. The introduction briefly addresses the threat of extinction as a result of human activities. Some anthropomorphizing ("big sharks could eat all the people they wanted.... But they don't, because sharks know that people don't live in their world.") detracts slightly from the information. VERDICT A suitable offering.--Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
May 12, 2015
Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science 2
BISAC categories
JNF003150 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Marine Life
JNF045000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Readers | Beginner
JNF003090 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Fishes
JNF013060 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Concepts | Senses & Sensation
JNF037070 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Earth Sciences - Water (Oceans, Lakes, Etc.)
Library of Congress categories
Senses and sensation
Sense organs

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