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Shark vs Train

Last updated Monday, July 9, 2018

Author: Chris Barton
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Date of Publication: 2010
ISBN: 0316007625
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2018

Synopsis: If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another including: burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Who do you think will win in a competition between Shark and Train?
•  Where do you think Shark and Train should battle?


•  furnace - device used for high-temperature heating.
•  coal - a combustible black or dark brown rock consisting mainly of carbonized plant matter, found mainly in underground deposits and widely used as fuel. strike - term used in bowling to indicate that all of the pins have been knocked down with the first ball of a frame. On a bowling score sheet, a strike is symbolized by an X.
•  tightrope - a rope or wire stretched tightly high above the ground, on which acrobats perform balancing feats.
•  depot - a place where buses, trains, or other vehicles are housed and maintained, and from which they are dispatched for service.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What type of board games did Shark and Train get to pick from?
•  What games do you like to play?
•  Do you like to play in competitions? What kind?
•  Do you think Shark or Train had more advantages?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a shark and/or a train puppet using paper bags. Add lots of cut-out teeth and fins for the shark, and draw lots of cars on the train.

Special activities:
•  Have a competition, such as "Red Light, Green Light", "Simon Says..."

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!