Crocodile Safari

Crocodile Safari

by Jim Arnosky
     
 

Jim Arnosky shares his adventures seeking and finding the elusive, once endangered North American crocodile. From the author's green canoe, young readers will travel on an exciting water safari and learn amazing facts about crocodiles, their habitat, and their behavior. And they will also discover how this threatened animal is being successfully protected. Maps… See more details below

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Jim Arnosky shares his adventures seeking and finding the elusive, once endangered North American crocodile. From the author's green canoe, young readers will travel on an exciting water safari and learn amazing facts about crocodiles, their habitat, and their behavior. And they will also discover how this threatened animal is being successfully protected. Maps showing the North American crocodile range are included.

A bonus DVD will show footage of how the author did his research along the briny lower Atlantic coastlines. It will also show him sketching, photographing, and creating his paintings for the book. And kids will have the master himself to teach them how to draw crocodiles! Also included in the amazing footage of incidents not recorded in the book is a toothless 80 year-old-crocodile whose jaws are so strong, he can eat without teeth!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Join a crocodile safari through the mangrove-lined creeks, bays and lagoons of the South Florida coast to learn all about the American crocodile. Nearly hunted to extinction, there are only about 2,000 of these animals in the United States. How do we know? Someone counted them while flying over their habitat. Young readers will discover this and many other interesting facts about these creatures, including how to tell a crocodile from an alligator, what they eat, how they catch their prey and crunch it with their incredibly strong teeth. "Crocodiles break and lose teeth from time to time, when biting on hard bones and shells. A crocodile can replace lost teeth...until it becomes so old, it can no longer grow new teeth." But watch out! "Even without its formidable set of teeth, a crocodile is a powerful and effective predator." This picture book should be shared with younger children; older elementary school students can read it independently. All will appreciate Arnosky's own paintings and drawings. A delightful DVD entitled In Crocodile Country is included. Narrated by the author/illustrator, the DVD encourages kids to learn even more about crocodiles, the many other animals that share the crocodile's habitat and just how the author creates his illustrations. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5

Survivors since prehistoric times, crocodiles were quite endangered just a few years ago and are now in comeback mode. Arnosky's journey on foot and by boat through Florida's mangrove swamps brings sightings of several crocs of varied size and age. Engaging text and acrylic paintings of the flora and fauna sharing their habitat explain the differences between alligators and crocodiles and various aspects of the physical characteristics and behavior of crocodiles. As in many of the author's animal-viewing ventures, his personal experiences and observations enliven the history and life cycle information. Here the "safari" is further expanded in an enclosed DVD in which Arnosky talks with viewers as he walks through the mangroves, and the crocodiles, birds, and other wildlife move through the water and trees in daylight and more muted twilight. In the final third of the film, the artist is seated in his boat with a drawing pad and teaches viewers how to draw a crocodile and an alligator. Both book and film end with the words and music of "Counting Crocodiles," written and sung by Arnosky. The book also includes a final page of added notes on crocodiles. The package is a fine introduction to the homely crocodile, the importance of wildlife protection, and the work of this personable naturalist.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

Kirkus Reviews
Less well known than their alligator cousins, crocodiles live in the United States too, although not in abundance: Approximately 2,000 have been counted by airplane. In this intriguing new entry in a body of more than 100 books about the natural world, wildlife observer Arnosky describes canoeing with his wife through mangrove swamps in South Florida and seeing 20 crocodiles. Interwoven with the personal narrative is considerable information about these formidable reptiles. Detailed acrylic paintings accompany the text. Individual crocs are shown in context, with the time, weather and tide of each sighting noted. These portraits cross the gutter, separated from a column of text by a mangrove stem. Other illustrations add information, demonstrating the differences between crocodiles and alligators and identifying other inhabitants of this ecosystem. Arnosky ends with a song about his trip-words and music-that can be heard on the accompanying DVD, which also includes videos of the Arnoskys' journeys and the artist at work. Pair this excellent introduction to the species with his new novel, The Pirates of Crocodile Swamp (2009), for a toothy treat. (Informational picture book. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439903561
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,416,812
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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