A Crocodile Grows Up

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A baby Nile crocodile breaks through its shell along an African river. From swimming to hunting, this crocodile has a lot to learn. Follow along as this tiny croc learns key survival skills and turns into one of the largest reptiles on Earth.
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A baby Nile crocodile breaks through its shell along an African river. From swimming to hunting, this crocodile has a lot to learn. Follow along as this tiny croc learns key survival skills and turns into one of the largest reptiles on Earth.
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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
This "Wild Animals" series introduces readers to the lives of various baby animals from birth to maturity. Young zoologists will learn about physical characteristics, growth and development, and maternal training until the animal is old enough to live on its own. Nile crocodiles emerge along African rivers, the enormous mother watching over her nest for three months until all the eggs hatch; in this case, a tiny female croc has 49 siblings. Big acrylic paintings in sandy browns, blues, and greens show the young crocodiles learning to swim and dive, staying close to the mother, who protects them from being eaten by lizards and other crocodiles. Several of the double-page spreads portray the young reptile, now larger, bonding with other females, hunting fish, and craftily eyeing a brilliant red bird. When female crocs are ten years old, they can leave to find mates and lay their own eggs. Primary-level readers should have no trouble with the simple, straightforward text. Illustrations clearly show the crocodile's scales and fearsome teeth, with enough reptile action to keep young readers intrigued, while checking the small rectangular sidebars for extra information. A "Nile crocodile diagram" points out physical features of this African monster; a small world map locates its habitat. Also included are a short glossary and a bibliography of three crocodile books. Don't rely on the Facthound code number for Nile crocodile websites; a search reveals one book on crocodiles and the San Diego Zoo website about crocodilians in general.
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Amanda Doering Tourville is the author of more than 15 books for children. Her book Rain Forest ABC: An Alphabet Book (Capstone Press, 2004) was nominated for the 2005-2006 Mocking Bird Award. The same book was also on the American Library Association's booklist of Outstanding Science Read-Alouds.

Amanda currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and her chinchilla. She loves animals and would have an entire zoo if she could. She also enjoys traveling and photographing wonderful, exotic places. Her photography has been featured in books and magazines.

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