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Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands

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Up close with the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them—just thirty miles from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge!

A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean's largest and most famous predators. Each fall, while the city's inhabitants dine on steaks, salads, and sandwiches, the great white sharks return to California
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by David Macaulay Studio
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Betsy
Nov 19, 2014 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
When you’re a librarian buying for your system, you come to understand that certain nonfiction topics are perennial favorites. You accept that no matter how many copies you buy, you will never have enough train or joke or magic books. And the king daddy topic to beat them all, the one that leaves a continual gaping hole in the Dewey Decimal area of 597.3 or so, is sharks. Kids can’t get enough of them. Heck, adults can’t get enough of them. Between Shark Week and movies like Sharknado, sharks ha ...more
First Second Books
This book is gorgeous! And sharks are fantastic.

(Just FYI, sharks: you are not really welcome in my neighborhood, despite this positive book review. Just so you know.)
Lesley Burnap
Jul 28, 2015 Lesley Burnap rated it it was amazing
Meticulously researched. Kids will go crazy for the paintings and stay for the facts! If you have children or students who love sharks, this is a must have!
Edward Sullivan
Nov 04, 2014 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
The story of the great white sharks who come to feed at the Farallon Islands near San Francisco and the scientists who study them is told in a fascinating, informative narrative and in spectacular, dramatic illustrations. An exceptional work of nonfiction.
Megan
Jun 26, 2015 Megan added it
Shelves: twin-texts
Twin Text

Nugget and Fang: friends forever – or snack time?
By Tammi Sauer
Published 2012

Rationale for Twin Texts Selection

The children are doing a unit on sharks, so I am using these books to teach them about sharks. The Neighborhood Sharks book is full of great information and it has great illustrations and diagrams to get the information across. The Nugget and Fang book is more for fun. Fang is not your typical shark but since the students learned about real sharks they will be able to compar
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Paula
Apr 07, 2015 Paula rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clear, clear-group, 2015
I feel like Neighborhood Sharks is everything that good non-fiction should be - engaging, well-researched, informative, challenging, and dramatic. The book begins almost like a picture book as the reader follows a swimming seal with the shadow of a shark lurking in the background. The drama builds as the shark grows larger, until, all at once, it strikes, catching the seal in its powerful jaws and clouding the water red with blood. What a set up, what a hook to lure readers in and get them inter ...more
Bob
Jun 06, 2015 Bob rated it it was amazing
Great White sharks have to be the scariest creatures on the earth. Interesting that these congregate near San Francisco every year, and many people do not even know they are there. About 30 miles from the Golden Gate bridge, around the Farallon Islands.


Neighborhood Sharks tells about the behavior of the Great Whites, and their anatomy, in enough detail that now I feel I know something about them. It is unfair to label them as killing machines, as per Jaws. They are dangerous, of course, but not
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Joella www.cinjoella.com
This is one of my new favorite nonfiction books. It is all about great white sharks and how they live and survive in California’s Farallon Islands (think San Fransisco). The thing is, this book has beautiful illustrations. Which I don’t often think of when I think of nonfiction books–which I tend to like photographs in seeing how they are books about “true” things. But not everything to know about great white sharks can be adequately explained through pictures. Sometimes you need a super-awesome ...more
Joan
This fascinating book is one of the Sibert HONOR books which shows what an amazing year it was for nonfiction! This book shouldn't need any booktalking: just let kids see the cover and maybe one page inside where the shark captures the seal. This book is decidedly not for the faint of heart who want to pretend nature is all sweet and lovely. This book gets right to the point: exactly how does a shark manage to be a top predator. Especially the Great Whites around Farallon Islands just a little w ...more
Barbara
Nov 01, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
In visually stunning illustrations and engaging text the author/illustrator provides an up close perspective on great white sharks. Because she spent time observing them in their fall feeding grounds 30 miles from San Francisco, she is able to create action-filled illustrations and detailed diagrams, all designed to give readers more appreciation for these powerful creatures. The book also allows readers to see what makes the great white shark such an efficient killing machine: its body, its blo ...more
Shu M
Jun 14, 2015 Shu M rated it it was amazing
This story is about the great white shark. It tells a story about how the neighborhood sharks' life is like at Farallon Islands. The book showed talked about how the sharks hunt for its foods. It's a very interesting book. I knew something about sharks but this book really opened my eyes about sea creature lives. The illustrations are fabulous! The illustrations are real and it made me stopped at several pages to look at all the details of the illustrations. I think this book is suitable for 2nd ...more
Cortnee
Nov 02, 2015 Cortnee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd-314
This book is great for all ages! The watercolor like illustrations are mesmerizing and take the reader underwater and right up close to the sharks without being overly graphic. The facts are presented in a clear and organized fashion. Although the facts are scientific they are to the point and use metaphors to help kids better understand. (One comparison within the book is between a shark and an airplane!) There is also some storyline which helps capture the audience and the full spread pictures ...more
MB (What she read)
Very nice! Being an ocean mad child, I would have loved this book. Great artwork and easily understood illustrations and written material gives a great overview of what (unfortunately not enough) we know about Great Whites. The Farallons aren't too far from me and I've always been intrigued by the sharks and the scientists studying them.

I have to admit however that I'm not going to share this with my little nieces until they're older. I'm afraid we'd come down on the side of Team Elephant Seal.
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Eva
Oct 03, 2015 Eva rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rll-538
I have visions of children roaring "o-o-h" and "a-h-h" when they see the pages of the shark striking its prey!
This is the perfect book for a child who is infatuated with sharks and the ocean. The illustrations are intense and colorful. It is clear that the author has done extensive research; this book is packed with details and diagrams, including the shark's anatomy. An exciting book for ages 7 and up, but it may not be for the faint of heart. This book is a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book.
Kate Hastings
Jun 26, 2015 Kate Hastings rated it it was amazing
Grades 2-5. Good nonfiction read-aloud about the great white shark migration. Great ecological connections to food web and nutritional energy cycle. Shows how shark bodies are adapted for hunting. Pair with Reynolds Carnivores.
Linda
I love to open books and be surprised, and this one really surprised me. I thought it was a basic picture book that told about Great White Sharks, but it is that, and more. Roy uses such beautiful images, sometimes violent images, that show what a white shark does, hunt for food. And that food is primarily, in this book, pinnipeds. These are seals and sea lions and means “fin-footed”. So she begins with artistic paintings shwing the real hunt and the kill, but in between are numerous pages that ...more
Mary Ann
Absolutely terrific in so many ways. Full review to come.

Did you know the world’s largest wild population of great white sharks lives just 30 miles from San Francisco? This terrific picture book combines compelling paintings with informative text to explain how these predators are able to hunt down their perfect prey so effectively. Roy focuses on the shark’s streamlined body, warmed blood, excellent vision, endless teeth and projectile jaws--providing clear scientific information while hooking
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Dana Vanderpool
Jun 24, 2016 Dana Vanderpool rated it it was amazing
30 miles beyond San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, swim the Great Whites of Farallon Islands. This book shows the life cycle while displaying predator (Great Whites) vs. prey (seals). Because it does show the life cycle and how things evolve and die, this would be great for a science lesson. The other good thing about this book is that the author highlights the shark's body and how it ideal for a predator. These sharks have a torpedo shaped body that caters to a circulatory system and not to me ...more
Kelly
May 17, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it
Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands, written and illustrated by Katherine Roy, is a nominee for the 2016-17 South Carolina Children's Book Award.

Neighborhood Sharks is a perfect fit for young (and not-so-young) shark enthusiasts. This book tells readers about the great white sharks that hunt just thirty miles from San Francisco.

Each fall, great whites circle the Farallon Islands, an area off-limits to all humans except the scientists who study the
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Misty
Apr 07, 2016 Misty rated it it was amazing
Primary Level
Core Curricular Area: Science
Standards:
(gr. 3-5)
Scientific Data Collection
SC 5.1.1.e Collect and organize data
Biological adaptations
SC 5.3.4.a. Describe adaptations made by plants or animals to survive environmental changes
Scientific Observations
SC 5.1.1.g Share information, procedures, and results with peers and/or adults

How support instruction: This book supports the core curricular area of science by meeting the Nebraska State Standards relating to collecting and organizing da
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Monique Isaak
Apr 05, 2016 Monique Isaak rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal-books
Author- Illustrator Katherine Roy’s creates a true story that describes the daily routine of great white sharks. Throughout the book, Roy explains the process in which these creatures catch their prey. The story takes place about 30 miles away from the Golden Gate Bridge at a location called the Farallon Islands. The story is an informative narrative and is engaging to the audience. The illustrations and text both work together to create a dramatic story based on the great white sharks. In the ...more
Kaitlyn Norris
Mar 31, 2016 Kaitlyn Norris rated it it was amazing
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Jacquelynn Ruot
Mar 30, 2016 Jacquelynn Ruot rated it really liked it
Neighborhood Sharks is about the life of a Great White shark and the Farallon Islands that they travel to every year. It starts off telling the reader about what helps the shark with hunting. It talks about their body shape, teeth, eyes, and jaw. It talks about other parts of a shark that make catching seals easier. This story also tells the reader the difference between what the males and females do when they aren't at the islands. Even better it explains what happens to the sharks if they are ...more
Nora
Dec 08, 2015 Nora rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Great White Sharks are some of the most storied animals in the world, and definitely some of the fiercest. This book manages to tell a captivating narrative at the same time as it accurately informs readers on a scientific topic. These evolved predators track seals along the coast of California and hunt them. Author Katherine Roy includes that she spent time on location researching this story, and while these animals are fierce and unimaginably strong, readers can't help but be jealous that she ...more
Ashley
May 07, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Roy, K. (2014). Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands. New York : David Macaulay Studio, Roaring Brook Press.

Sibert Honor (2015)

Category: Sibert

Author Katherine Roy had the opportunity to visit the Farallon Island with are off the coast of San Francisco, CA, in order to gain information on the Great White Shark for her writing of an engaging and informational book. As inspiration and studying for her book, she was able to go “behind the scenes” where
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Lydia
Dec 19, 2014 Lydia rated it liked it
A quick look at great white sharks told from the perspective of a single hunting shark and how different aspects of the shark are important for the hunt.

I have a rough time rating this book, as the paintings are very pretty and for shark fans the information and detail are really cool (meaning they would probably have given this book 4 or more likely 5 stars), but I'm not a shark fan. The whole time I'm reading the book, I'm distracted by the dying seal which is shown on every page until the po

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Heidi
Neighborhood Sharks is one of the most amazing nonfiction books I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot). The explosive cover illustration is stunning and will pull in any shark reader out there of any age. The author takes the time to not only tell the story of what a great white shark hunt is like, but she also details what makes them such incredible hunters, and what scientists are doing to try to understand and protect them better. With millions of sharks being killed every year, the more we kno ...more
Abigail Elyse
Nov 15, 2015 Abigail Elyse rated it really liked it
Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy is a non-fiction children’s book about the great white sharks that roam near California’s Farallon Islands. First, the book takes a story line approach as a great white stalks it’s pray. Then next to the brilliantly done water color artwork it gives explanations and details to different aspects of the shark. These include what they eat, how they hunt, why they are such good hunters, and the anatomy o ...more
Christiane
Sep 06, 2015 Christiane rated it liked it
Fascinating (and gruesome!) account of the great white sharks that gather in the seas around the Farallon Islands (near San Francisco) every year to feast on seals and sea lions. The author’s beautiful illustrations capture the grace and ferocity of the sharks, while detailed diagrams explain how the shark is such a perfect predator. Highly recommended for anyone interested in sharks!
Chris Hays
Jun 09, 2015 Chris Hays rated it it was amazing
This book displays a great way to learn about sharks, the ecosystem and food chains. Definitely not the generic fact fill non-fiction book.
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Katherine Roy loves science, history, and big adventures, and is endlessly fascinated by the way things live. Neighborhood Sharks Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands is the first book that she has both written and illustrated. Katherine is also the illustrator of The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon series by S.S. Taylor and Buried Beneath Us by Ant ...more
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