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June 1, 2016

It’s Shark Week!

It’s Shark Week! In addition to celebrating with “Sharkpocolypse” and “Return of Jaws,” why not try a shark-themed read-aloud?

I’m a big fan of Shark Week, but after 17 straight hours of the Discovery Channel, I’m ready for a break from the TV. It’s time for a great shark book, like Clark the Shark. Clark is a little different from his classmates. He’s the biggest, the strongest, the loudest, and the wildest. He LOVES class. He LOVES recess. He LOVES his lunch…and his friends’ lunches. But Clark loves everything a little too much. He’s too wild, too loud, too strong, and too much for his friends to handle.

It’s hard to not identify with Clark. We’ve all been the odd person/shark out and it can be tricky—especially around back-to-school time. How do you keep your enthusiasm while still fitting in with school rules and routines?

Now I don’t want to give the answer away, but let’s just say that rhyming rules come into play.

Clark the Shark is available in September’s Kindergartners and Early Grades catalogs. But here’s a sneak peek at some of Clark’s rhyming rules while you wait:

1. Easy does it, that’s the way. Then my friends will let me play.
2. Only munch your own lunch!
3. When teacher’s talking, don’t go walking.

Do you have any rhyming rules to keep your cool at school? Comment below and let us know!

If you’d like your own copy of Clark the Shark, you can buy a copy online now!

Bio about Author: Emma works on the promotions team as a merchandising coordinator. All those fancy words really mean she gets to read picture books for a living.

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2 Responses

  1. Kris

    My daughter and I created our classroom decorations using Clark the Shark. Clark has a hard time following class rules until his teacher says, “…And sometimes the rule is stay cool.” Clark even makes up his own rules with rhymes, “When teacher’s talking, don’t go walking.” Clark also helps Sid the Squid adjust to school.

  2. Morgan Ross

    As a Kindergarten teacher, I am always looking for literature that teaches. This book does a phenomenal job of teaching all children that self-control is key. This helps with friendships, school success and real life.

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