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Shark Nate-O

Shark Nate-O Summary

Nate loves sharks, and he’s not afraid to let you know it. Everywhere he goes he shares shark facts, consumes media about sharks, and chomps, chomps, CHOMPs. Nate loves sharks so much that everyone calls him SHARK NATE-O. (Get it? Parents will chuckle at the title, even if their kids have never heard of the infamous Sharknado TV special.)

One day, his brother reminds him that he can’t be a shark if he doesn’t know how to swim. Nate needs to prove he is the best shark around, so he enrolls in swimming lessons. At first, he sinks. Then he thrashes around, but his fins won’t work. Since sharks are fearless, Nate keeps trying. Before long, he’s shark-y enough to try out for the swim team, where he proves he is “totally jawsome.”

SHARK NATE-O will be published on April 3, 2018 by Little Bee Books.

Shark Nate-O Review

SHARK NATE-O is the perfect book for little swimmers who are working to overcome their water fears. I appreciated how the authors showed Nate’s progression from overconfidence, to fear, to timid attempts, to skills mastery. Even with his affinity for shark culture, Nate had to put in a lot of hard work to reach  his goals—and that’s something we all need to remember.

But the book offers much more than a swimming lesson. True to Nate’s age group, the young boy stays in his shark character throughout the story. He emulates the characteristics of different species, offering us a shark education along the way. Kids who, like Nate, really love sharks will be happy with the back matter, which contains facts and illustrations about each shark mentioned in the book.

Pair SHARK NATE-O with the excellent picture book JABARI JUMPS for a swimming, diving, no-fear-here combination.


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