How to Survive as a Shark: Extended Learning Picture Book by Kristen Foote

We're all about reading here– and as homeschoolers, having books that focus on learning are all the more exciting for us! If you've been reading my blog for a little while, then you probably already know that my son has such a love for sea and marine life. I especially enjoy picking up books that enhance his enjoyment of learning even more about them. Recently, we have been reading a really neat picture book called How to Survive as a Shark.

How to Survive as a Shark provides a unique take on fish science that will entertain and educate in and out of the classroom. Full of opportunities for extended learning, this book includes fun facts hidden throughout the hilarious illustrated story – and after, a glossary of important terms and some real shark photos. If you’ve ever wondered how to think and swim like a shark — and you like to laugh while you learn — this book is for you!

Kristen Foote is the author of How to Survive as a Firefly and How to Survive as a Shark. With a degree in biology, she is a firm believer that learning about science can be fun (and funny!). She's a Colorado transplant who, when not writing, is enjoying everything the Rocky Mountains have to offer with her husband and two kids. How to Survive as a Firefly is her first book.

This is our first book in the How to Survive As a series from The Innovation Press. Being a homeschooling mother, I was immediately intrigued that this series could provide a chance to open up further discussions about a particular subject (in this case, sharks). Any book that's able to offer a fun learning experience is always welcome in this house. How to Survive As a Shark is presented as a traditional picture book story. At the same time, it also includes short, yet informative lessons on the life of a shark. Children will begin learning about baby sharks, and then move on to discover all kinds of fun facts about the species in general, even their hunting and feeding habits. Did you know sharks have six senses, one of them being something called eletroreception? This basically means that they can sense electric stimuli around them, including heart beats–quite the handy hunting tool for when they're swimming around in murky waters looking for food.

Sharks can be quite scary and for good reason, too, but there are also some misconceptions about them, as well. The facts included in this book offer both the good and the ugly side of being a shark. Nothing is sugarcoated by any means. Instead, the author offers straight up truth about this sometimes terrifying, yet magnificent creature. Of course, since this is a children's book, there are plenty of humorous anecdotes and colorful illustrations to get kid's excited about learning. My son always sits attentively, listening to every word I read from this book, eager to hear more about sharks. 

How to Survive as a Shark is a fabulous educational tool for children to learn all about sharks, and I've only given you a brief introduction of what's included. In addition to a fun, fact-filled story, a few additional features are included, such as a Frequently Asked Questions page, glossary, and real photography for added learning tidbits. What a great book that's perfect for young shark or marine life aficionados. It also serves as an excellent extended learning resource, and would be particularly helpful to use in a shark week unit study.

For every ten books sold, The Innovation Press will donate one to First Book. This helps get more of their books into the hands of kids and teachers in need. To learn more about The Innovation Press and their collection of children's books, be sure to also visit them on social media:

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