Nugget & Fang: Friends Forever-or Snack time?

Written by Tammi Sauer 

Illustrated by Micheal Slack

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Nugget is a minnow and Fang is a shark…. And how in the world can they be friends? This delightful story for younger readers is a tale of fear and of friendship. Minnow thinks Fang is the very best until he goes to school and learns that minnows are food for sharks. Now what in the world will he do without his best friend? And why do the others think he should be afraid?

The author does a wonderful job with few words introducing both math concepts for first and second grade readers and fun science facts too. Younger children will enjoy the story if read aloud and will quickly learn to read this fun story independently.

The bright and colorful illustrations make this story an exciting book to add to the classroom library. With both science and math concepts along with some life lessons on friendship and being different, this book gives teachers many opportunities to use this book as a springboard for other discussions and activities in the first grade classroom.

Teachers and parents will love the way the book makes reading comprehension a breeze for first and second grade readers. The simple words, diagrams, and illustrations lend themselves to fun and engaging the reader from the first page.  Students may even want to try their hand at writing and illustrating their own stories of friendship using math and science to make their story shine.

You can find more about this author at   Visit Michael Slack at

  • NuggetTitle: Nugget & Fang:  Friends Forever-or Snack time?
  • Author: Tammi Sauer
  • Illustrator: Michael Slack
  • Picture Book
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books
  • Reviewer: Terri Forehand
  • Pages: 32

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