If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams

If Sharks Disappeared

If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams; illustrated by Lily Williams. 2017. Published by Roaring Book Press.

Brief summary: This book explains how if the sharks, apex predators, were eliminated, the ocean would become unbalanced. Sharks typically eat the weak. This allows the healthier animals to reproduce. But if sharks become extinct, then many other marine life will have higher populations, causing them to eat all the fish. Those fish eat plankton, but if  there is too much plankton, the water would be a thick sludge. Many land animals rely on the ocean for food, and they would start to starve and die too. This cause and effect pattern could continue spreading across the globe.

Comments: This narrative nonfiction book did a great job of explaining trophic cascade with simple terms and illustrations. I recommend this book for science units as well as teaching the importance we, as humans,  have to  keep the earth balanced. There is a glossary, Sharks Are In Trouble, How You Can Help Save Sharks, and Author’s Note. The end pages have drawings of various sharks. There is one fold out.

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The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

The Secret of Black Rock

The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton; illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton. 2017. Published by Flying Eye Books.

Brief summary: Erin Pike and her dog, Archie, live in a fishing town. She wants to go out to sea but is told it is too dangerous because of Black Rock. She hears many legends of the rock and wants to find out for herself what it is all about. Erin keeps hiding in her mother’s fishing boat, but is discovered by Archie and sent home. Erin’s decides to hide among the fish, so Archie does not sniff her out. Her plan is successful as she hides in the boat. The fog becomes so thick that Erin can barely see anything, so she leans over the boat to get a better look and falls overboard when the boat turns suddenly to avoid Black Rock. She falls down into the black sea discovering another world.  She is rescued by an unexpected savior. When  Erin is back home, she explains to all the townspeople about her rescue. No one believes her until one moonlit night, the fishermen and fisherwomen go out to take a closer look at Black Rock.

Comments: There is one foldout that will give readers the overall idea of what Black Rock is and what life depends upon it.  Fun adventure story. This could be used to ask children what they think Black Rock is and what they can predict what will happen as the story unfolds.

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