Picture Book Recommendation Link-Up

Today I'm linking up for a tremendous weekly link-up sponsored by Paula's Place:

Last week I read a terrific, new book - Clark the Shark - by Bruce Hale.  I did try to get the book from my local library, but since it's so new, I had to buy it.  I will say, however, that this book is worth the price because it's funny, and most importantly, it teaches a worthwhile lesson.

As you can tell from the cover, Clark is a big shark. He causes problems at school due to his large size and appetite.  The other students in class try to give him advice so he'll stop eating their lunches or pushing them too high in the swings, but Clark can't help himself.  Additionally, Clark has a very kind teacher who tries to advise him on how to change his behavior.  Eventually, the students in the class meet up with a group of bullies, and Clark comes to the rescue and becomes a hero. 

My students LOVED this book! 

As a follow-up activity, we made a class book called - We Follow The Rules.  I found this activity on TPT, and you can check it out here:


I highly recommend this book as a read-aloud for any time when kids need a reminder/review of rules.  Enjoy!

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  1. Isn't Clark so lovable? I'm so glad your students enjoyed the reading the story and making the class book. Thanks for the shout-out! :)

    I hadn't heard of Paula's linky, so I'm off to check it out now.

    Read With Me ABC

  2. Clark the Shark sounds so cute! I'm adding it to my wishlist! :)

    A Sunny Day in First Grade


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