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Alligators and Crocodiles [With Paperback Book]

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Humans have always been frightened of—and intrigued by—alligators and crocodiles. With her acclaimed style combining accessible text and detailed pictures, Gail Gibbons shares fascinating facts about these magnificent cold-blooded reptiles: how they live, how they hunt, and the differences between them.

"This is a colorful introduction to a pair of reptiles . . . with some ...

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Overview

Humans have always been frightened of—and intrigued by—alligators and crocodiles. With her acclaimed style combining accessible text and detailed pictures, Gail Gibbons shares fascinating facts about these magnificent cold-blooded reptiles: how they live, how they hunt, and the differences between them.

"This is a colorful introduction to a pair of reptiles . . . with some toothsome eye-candy on the cover."—School Library Journal

"[Gibbons] has chosen facts that will engage her readers, organized the information logically, and presented it in straightforward exposition.—Booklist
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
When I see a book written by and illustrated by Gail Gibbons, I sit up and pay attention: this author has consistently produced children's books that are packed with information, a pleasure to read, and filled with illustrations so colorful, precise and winsome that the young reader can look at her books over and over and discover something new. This book features information about these two reptiles while pointing out the difference between the two—something adults still struggle with. Alligators and crocodiles are the oldest living relatives of dinosaurs, and while they share one group name, crocodilians, they each got their common names from different cultures. When ancient Greek travelers, traveled in Egypt, they called these creatures krokodeilos, meaning "lizard" in Greek. Alligators, on the other hand, got their name from Spanish warriors who first spied them in North America: el lagarto, meaning "lizard" in Spanish! Gibbons goes on to point out the similarities and differences of these remarkable reptiles. American Alligators' backs are dark gray or black, the heads are dark grey, and only its top teeth show when they close their mouths. American crocodiles' heads, backs and tails are tan or grayish green; their upper and lower teeth can be seen when mouths are closed. Both have four webbed toes (back) and five webbed toes in the front. They both are meat-eaters, live and mate in the water and lay eggs on land. Both are great mothers, great swimmers, are nocturnal and, while they see well in the dark, they do not see well underwater. And so on. Gibbons features a world and USA map to show areas where these reptiles live. She explains big words such as "archeologist" and "endangered" along the way. I especially love the illustrations of nearby birds, fish and turtles all looking a bit nervous! Libraries everywhere could not do better than to include this book. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Gibbons's signature artwork splashes across the pages of this competent look at crocodilians. While indicating that there are 14 species of crocs and 2 of gators, the author focuses mainly on the American alligator and the American crocodile, disparate cousins that share a geographical environment (with the crocs mainly hugging southern Florida and the Keys). Gibbons discusses anatomical differences and similarities, mobility, hunting techniques, nest building, and parenting in her brief, readable text, using illustrations and diagrams to drive home her points. She closes with a plea for the conservation of these relics from the days of the dinosaurs and an extra page of saurian factoids. Simpler than Lisa Bullard's What's the Difference Between an Alligator and a Crocodile? (Picture Window) or Laurence Pringle's Alligators and Crocodiles!: Strange and Wonderful (Boyds Mills, both 2009), this is a colorful introduction to a pair of reptiles in our Southern states, with some toothy eye-candy on the cover.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430117193
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media (NY)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Sales rank: 1,177,029
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 13.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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