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Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
In The American Crocodile: Help Save this Endangered Species!, old world publishing collided with new world publishing through the internet. This infusion made a relatively higher level book more accessible to all levels of readers. With this book, the readers will need access to a computer so they can experience the full realm of information shared. Learn about the differences between American Crocodiles and other varieties through out the world. Find out if you know the outstanding distinguishing characteristics between an American alligator and an American crocodile. Which one would be more likely to eat you? Crocodiles are surrounded by urban legends including the one that crocodiles are predators to humans. What the reader will find out about such legends within these pages will amaze them. The most important part of this book dealt with why crocodiles find themselves endangered. Authors, Glenn Scherer and Marty Fletcher, reported how two pollutants, mercury and pesticides, were discovered inside crocodile eggs. They also focus on the Endangered Species Act, and how we must work together to protect all animals from disappearing. As an educator, I found the report links and chapter notes at the back of the book an interesting addition. The outstanding life-like photographs of the crocodile in its habitat amazed me, and the fascinating tidbits in the captions caught and held my attention. This book should be in any school or public library that has a good zoology section. It is part of the "Saving Endangered Species" series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7 A strong introduction presents information about the evolution, physical features, and development of the American crocodile, leveled at report writers' need for basic information. The book explains that the findings of scientists such as wildlife-research ecologist Dr. Frank Mazzotti belie fears that this reptile is a maniacal killer worthy of annihilation. The bloodlust fallacy, partly due to urban myths and gory photographs falsely attributed to these shy beasts, has helped hunters who have killed more than 20 million crocodilians (crocodiles, alligators, and the Indian gharial) worldwide over the past 50 years. The realities of habitat loss, limited range, and various factors involving human encroachment paint a worrisome picture. Current efforts to protect the species, and steps that should be taken, are enumerated. Unfortunately, Crocodile lacks pizzazz. It contains small illustrations selected from a variety of photographic sources and the result, paired with text, is a mundane, unoriginal read useful only to report writers. Sandra Markle's Crocodiles (Carolrhoda, 2004) pairs intense clarity in photography and text, and David Alderton's Crocodiles and Alligators of the World (Facts On File, 2004) provides more comprehensive coverage.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598450415
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Saving Endangered Species Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.81 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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