Sunday, June 24, 2018

Shark Nate-O by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie

- Will This Little Guy Be Able To Swim Like A Shark? -

Nate loves sharks. His bookshelf is filled with books about sharks and shark teeth. In fact, his whole bedroom is filled with references to sharks.  He even talks about sharks, watches TV about sharks and pretends to be a shark.
But that all comes to a standstill when his older brother Alex says that he is the shark since he is on a swim team named Amity Sharks and Nate can’t even swim. So on Monday Nate begins swim lessons. Thinking he can tell Coach Debra that he’s a shark, hop in the water and begin swimming like a shark, doesn’t turn out exactly as he’d envisioned.

“He thrashed about like a thresher shark, but his fins failed, and his gills gurgled.”

So he begins working hard and listening to his coach until he can swim on his own (like a shark)  and receive a certificate.
But there’s one more thing he has to do: he needs to join the Amity Sharks, and the tryouts for joining the team are the following Saturday. During tryouts, he swims ferociously and says, “Eat my bubbles, Alex!” as he passes his brother. The crowd cheers, “Shark Nate-O!” over and over as the other swimmers follow in Nate’s wake. And, of course, the last page shows him on the team.
The story is followed by double-page spread of shark facts.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: The ending felt like it was tied up in a neat bow of lessons: learn to swim, work hard, and then beat all the seasoned swimmers on the team.

My second concern is when Nate passed his brother during the race and said, “Eat my bubbles, Alex!” 
What I liked Most: I liked seeing hard work, perseverance and setting a goal.
3 STARS - Pretty Good
Author: Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie
Illustrator: Daniel Duncan
Publisher:   little bee books (April 2018)

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