This handsome book offers an overview of the facts and folklore surrounding alligators and their family, the crocodilians. The informative text, which discusses the habits and life cycle of the cold-blooded animals, is complemented by the well-chosen full-color photographs that appear on almost every page. Photos of baby alligators hatching out of their shells are particularly riveting. This will be useful for school assignments but should easily attract browsers as well.
William Muñoz has an avid interest in ecology and the environment and has taken the photographs for a number of books written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Mr. Muñoz lives in Hamilton, Montana.
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent was born in Minnesota and grew up in Marin County, California. She received a BA in biological sciences from Stanford University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Patent holds a Ph.D. in zoology and is the author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, many of which have been selected as Outstanding Science Trade Books for children. In 1987, she received the Eva L. Gordon Award from the American Nature Study Society in recognition of her outstanding contribution to science literature for young readers. She has collaborated on several award-winning books with photographer William Muñoz. Dr. Patent lives in Missoula, Montana, with her husband.