Shelby

Summary:

Shelby, a lemon shark, spends her day cowering in a knotty old tree. From her safe place she could see what was happening, and though she wanted to warn the other fish, she felt paralyzed to do anything. When she hears the Eel and dolphin talking about her, will she be able to help?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The illustrations are bright and colorful and the rhyming is sophisticated, adding to a young reader/listener's vocabulary. The story, albeit about fish being captured, is neither graphic nor frightening.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

This book was an instant hit. The cover caught our preschooler's attention, and the story clearly made an impression, because s/he asked for it several mornings in succession…first thing, before pancakes!

Parent Reaction

This is a sweet story, and the author artfully avoids some of the trite alliteration that often affects picture books with animal protagonists. You won't ever say "Shelby the shark."

Type of Book:
This is a picture book with a lesson about judging others and having confidence in one's self.
Educational Themes:

The book has layers that will be valuable for reading to kids of multiple ages. Topics are as simple as fear and shyness and as sophisticated as the threat of overfishing our oceans.

Reading Level:
2.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with a child 4 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. The book is creative, colorful, and will have a great shelf-life. It will readily transition from being a book you read to a book elementary students use to read to themselves.

Title Shelby
Author Stacy A. Nyikos
Publisher Stonehorse Publishing © 2006
Illustrators Shawn N. Sisneros
ISBN 9780976419914
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Animal Character, Emotions and Feelings, Rhyme, Ecology | Environment
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