Amazing Snakes! (I Can Read Level 2 Series)


If you were a snake, you could . . .

  • sleep all winter!
  • grow as long as a school bus!
  • swallow your food whole!
  • crawl out of your skin!

Featuring stunning full-color photographs from the Wildlife Conservation Society, this is the latest title in an exciting I Can Read Book series that takes readers into the...

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If you were a snake, you could . . .

  • sleep all winter!
  • grow as long as a school bus!
  • swallow your food whole!
  • crawl out of your skin!

Featuring stunning full-color photographs from the Wildlife Conservation Society, this is the latest title in an exciting I Can Read Book series that takes readers into the amazing world of animals.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Christina Moore
Since kids have a fascination with snakes, there is always room for one more snake book on the library shelf. This title covers the basics of snakes in a well-organized format with interesting text appropriate for developing readers. Some nice text-to-self comparisons throughout include the fact that you could swallow a watermelon whole if your mouth and body were built like a snake. The full-color photographs from the annals of the Wildlife Conservation Society steal the show with interesting shots of a variety of snakes and a great skin-shedding close-up. The book finishes with a little lecture on how snakes contribute to our world and how we as humans need to be caretakers of these animals and their environments—always an important message for young (and all) readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Clear color photos accompany an informative text in this easy reader. Habitats, physiology, hunting patterns, and prey are touched on, as is the snake's place in the animal kingdom and the effect human development has on these slithery reptiles. Similar in reading level to Lucille Recht Penner's more informative S-S-Snakes! (Random, 1994) and Patricia Lauber's nicely crafted Snakes Are Hunters (HarperCollins, 1989), this book will help fill the incessant demands for simple nonfiction on a popular topic.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Here's a way for emergent readers to get closer to snakes-much, much closer. Thomson presents an array of general but well-chosen basic facts that highlight her reptilian topic's common physical features and diverse behaviors, while clearly conveying the message that snakes play an important role in nature. Children are more likely to pore over the big color photos, however-most of which were shot within inches of a scaly body or staring ophidian face. With the exception of a rattler, the snakes here are not specifically identified, nor are there leads to further details for budding herpetologists to discover. Still, this easy reader provides an engrossing introduction to a perennially fascinating subject. (Nonfiction. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060544645
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2 Series
  • Edition description: Reprinted Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 130,041
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah L. Thomson is the author of Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag, a Nebraska Golden Sower Award finalist; all the Wildlife Conservation Society I Can Read Books, including Amazing Tigers!, winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award; and What Lincoln Said, written with "admirable simplicity" (ALA Booklist). Sarah lives in Portland, Maine.

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