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Surviving the Wild: Sunny the Shark

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I thought this was going to be a fun story interspersed with facts.  It was not.

This is a story about how plastic in the ocean hinders and kills wildlife.  It is not a humorous book, nor is it a bedtime story, despite the cartoonish drawings or descriptions referencing Narwhal and Jelly (meets Planet Earth).

It begins in a cheerful way with a grumpy shark who just wants some quiet.  She accidentally saves some pilot fish, so they decide to follow her for protection and food scraps.

Shortly after being tagged for research, the shark gets caught in a big ring of plastic and is given the name Sunny by the pilot fish.  From there, the humor is over, and Sunny fights for survival, just like a real-life shark would.

At the end of the story, a short section describes how this book was inspired by the short life of a real shark who was a victim of plastic in the ocean.

I was disappointed, and felt the book was misrepresented.  I would not buy this book for a child.  There are many more out there that handle the subject better.

2/5  Stars

Thanks to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), and NetGalley for the preview of this ebook pdf; the review is voluntary.

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Author/illustrator Remy Lai continues her new series, Surviving the Wild, with the sometimes fraught adventures of Sunny the Shark. An oceanic whitetip, Sunny encounters trouble when she becomes entangled in a balloon string that eventually pins one of her fins to her body, slowing her swimming and hindering her hunting. Luckily, Sunny has been tagged by a research team that can track her movements and, hopefully, rescue her from this potentially fatal entanglement. “The True Story Behind Sunny's Adventure,” which closes out this early reader graphic novel, discusses the real shark that inspired Sunny's story, the dangers of plastic pollution, and what readers can do to help protect vulnerable marine animals. Between the adorable animals and their nail-biting adventures, readers will tear through this series!
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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. Excellent book about what animals need for us to do for them to help them survive. Poor Sunny ends up with a plastic ring around him and almost dies. Great book for little ones.
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Sunny is an oceanic whitetip shark on the hunt for some food, but ends up the protector for a group of pilot fish who promise to keep her clean in exchange for food crumbs. Sunny isn't sure she's thrilled about having a group of chatty fish swimming around her, but she tries to be good-natured about it. One day, what she thinks is a yummy squid tentacle turns out to be a plastic ring, which wraps itself around one of her fins and impacts her movement. Since she's a growing shark, that ring is going to get tighter and more uncomfortable as she gets bigger - and it's already causing a problem for her when trying to eat. She's got to find a way to break free of the ring, especially before the winter sets in. Will the oceanographers who tagged her be able to help? Inspired by a 2019 news story, back matter talks about the creative adjustments made to the original story while still bringing home the impact of pollution on our oceans and ocean life. Back matter also includes shark facts and ways kids can help keep plastic use down.
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I was given an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.  Sunny is a story kids will be hooked on.  The illustrations are bright and beautiful. Children learn how they have the power themselves to be mindful of their environment by making small changes. Sunny was a shark that made friends the school of fish that followed  they lived off the bits of food Sunny would lose.  Children also are empowered to make changes  in energy day life to help save the environment. It might instill the need to be thoughtful of what we waste and where it ends up..  Sunny gets caught in a plastic ring that held his fin back it kept him from doing things that were normal for him..  Teaching this generation. So they can teach the next.....and so on.  Yes I will definitely be recommending this book.Thankks to #NetGalley and#RemiLai for the opportunity to review this book early.
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At times humorous and other times sad look at the impact of our world on the natural environments and ecosystems of the ocean. This book provided an understanding of the white tipped shark and how it survives and how one piece of plastic endangers its life.

The panels are easy to read and it isn't overly text loaded. The author balances information with a narrative that will lead readers to want to learn more. The environmental lessons aren't heavy handed, rather a natural consequence of our conveniences on the natural world. This book would be good to recommend to readers 4th and 6th grade who have an interest in marine biology and ecological systems as well as environmentalism.

A must have purchase for school libraries and public libraries to diversify graphic novel collections.
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This is a well done look at the dangers of ocean pollution written in a kid-friendly format. The art is excellent and the story had me near tears at points. I particularly like the supplemental information about the true story Sunny is based on and ways to cut down on pollution.
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Another beautiful book by Remy Lai. Young readers will fall in love with sweet Sunny and her buddies the pilot fish. As they read about her challenging year, they will also learn about the dangers of pollution and how it can hurt sea animals, like sharks. Young readers will also learn the story behind Sunny's. It will empower them to make changes in their everyday lives and try to change the world! A fabulous book for readers of all ages!
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Cute GN about a whitetip shark who befriends a group of pilot fish. They hang put with her in search of food. A group of Marine researchers catch her, tag her, and release her. Months later they see her again - but this time she has a plastic ring stuck around her, keeping her from using one of her fins. They try to catch her to help, but she escapes. Things are not looking good for Sunny but there is a happy ending.
Shark enthusiasts might not like the cartoonish drawings of the fish - but over all the story was good and will appeal to many of my readers. There is also some great backmatter explaining ocean pollution and how to help.
Side note - the Kindle version had formatting problems that made it hard to read, but the pdf loaded much better.
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This series is fantastic at showing the importance of actions to take to reduce negative environmental impacts. I love that these comics show STEM principles through environmental science and biology while also emphasizing social skills and developing empathy.  On top of that, kids can learn a bit more about science-field careers in conservation and research.
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