American Alligators

American Alligators

by Steve Potts

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American alligators live only in North America. Learn all about these big mouthed biters and their habitats in American Alligators.


American alligators live only in North America. Learn all about these big mouthed biters and their habitats in American Alligators.

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Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
The vibrant photograph on the cover of the alligator with jaws open and ready to snap is sure to grab readers. This book is part of the "North American Animals" series. Each title in the series covers the habitat, physical appearance, diet, and reproduction and birth of a North American animal. In addition, the books cover the risks to the animal's welfare in the wild. In this title, readers learn about alligators. Among the interesting facts included is an explanation that alligators swallow their prey whole. The book includes vocabulary beyond the reach of most beginning readers and the glossary is well above this reading range. Each book in the series is approximately 200 words in length and has been assigned a grade 1 reading level. Each book also includes small maps and full color photographs on the recto pages, some of which bleed across the page onto the verso page. Back matter includes a glossary, suggestions for further reading and research, and an index. Although the book is unlikely to work as independent reading for most students in the target range, it is well suited for shared or group reading. The photographs will hold the attention of a young audience and the generous 9x12 format makes the book easy to share with even a full class. The information is given by the spoonful and the layout provides many natural places to pause for a class discussion of the unfamiliar vocabulary or concepts. As shared reading, the book is a worthy addition to any collection of animal books. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca

Product Details

Capstone Press
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North American Animals Series
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Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
NC710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Saunders-Smith is an assistant education professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. She is also an independent staff developer, writer, and editor. She presents nationally at conferences on literacy development and instruction and has written numerous articles, children's non-fiction books, and professional resources.

Gail holds a B.S. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Youngstown State University. She completed post-graduate work at The Ohio State University and earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from The University of Akron.

Gail is a former classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, and Reading/Language Arts K-12 Supervisor and Coordinator of State and Federal Programs for the Summit County ESC.

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