Preschool Storytime: Misunderstood Shark

Welcome back to preschool storytime with Miss Rhonda. Today’s I am reading Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman and Scott Magoon.

Kindergarten Readiness Tip

In today’s book Misunderstood Shark there was a mix of fiction and facts. This is a great opportunity to talk about the difference between fact and fiction. Some books provide entertainment and some give us information. Today’s book does both.

I encourage you to sign up for 1000 Books by Kindergarten. Reading is a big part of kindergarten readiness and this program adds a little extra fun to the journey. Kids earn prizes for every 100 books read on their way to 1000!

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More Fun

Here are the words to the finger play Five Little Fishies, Swimming in the Sea

Five little fishies, swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr. Shark “You Can’t Catch Me!”
Along comes Mr. Shark, as quiet as can be…
And (clap hands) SNAPS that fishy right out of the sea. 

(Repeat with four fish, three fish, two fish, and one fish…) 

So alone swims Mr. Shark as quiet as can be
And he looked and he looked…
“No more fishies for me.” 

Well it wouldn’t be a shark storytime without a few verses of the Baby Shark song! (Sorry parents! Ha!)


National Geographic can always be counted on to provide great facts. Here is a video about sharks.


I am always curious about the creative people who come up with stories and drawings. Here is a video interview about Ame Dyckman the author of Misunderstood Shark. You may also want to visit illustrator Scott Magoon’s site. has lots of fun shark art ideas! 

Shark Craft Ideas for Preschool

Here is a fun Shark Snack Idea from!

Shark Snack Cups – Shark Birthday Party Food for Kids

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I am an Outreach Preschool Storyteller at the library. I'm usually out and about, visiting preschools and daycares in our community. It's the perfect job for a retired kindergarten teacher! I know what preschoolers need to be ready for school and I love sharing picture books, rhymes and fun music. It's a win for us both!