Crocodiles and Alligators

Crocodiles and Alligators

by Seymour Simon
     
 

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Crocodiles and alligators have always been one of humankind's most feared predators. Around since the days of the dinosaurs, they are probably the source of myths about ferocious serpents and man-eating dragons. All tall tales aside, these reptiles remain fascinating creatures. Did you know that crocodiles and alligators eat their food without chewing? Or that

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Crocodiles and alligators have always been one of humankind's most feared predators. Around since the days of the dinosaurs, they are probably the source of myths about ferocious serpents and man-eating dragons. All tall tales aside, these reptiles remain fascinating creatures. Did you know that crocodiles and alligators eat their food without chewing? Or that they use the sun to regulate their body temperature? Renowned science writer Seymour Simon's accessible text, and full-color photos, provide a stellar introduction to these reptile wonders.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joan Carris
Fans of Simon's more than 200 science books should love this newest title loaded with dynamite photos and facts. In just 32 pages we get 17 pictures and 14 pages of lucid, well-written information such as that about phobosuchus ("terrible crocodile"), a contemporary of T. rex, who was as long as a large trailer truck! The crocodilians--alligators, caimans, crocodiles, and the gharial--are reptiles who survived when the dinosaurs didn't, and surely deserve a fine book like this one.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Simons lively text presents fascinating facts and ancient lore surrounding these intriguing animals. Readers will discover that crocodiles and alligators use their powerful tails to spin their bodies around in the water in order to rip apart their prey and will marvel at how a Nile crocodile will allow a small bird to walk through its mouth picking food from its teeth. Simon touches upon the crocodilians that lived alongside the dinosaurs and evolved into the reptiles that we know today. He also points out that despite the dangers that threaten their lives and habitats, crocodilians are making a slow comeback. Report writers may be disappointed by the absence of an index or indeed of any sort of subject division. However, the book is filled with interesting information, and the vivid, well-composed, full-color photographs and entertaining text will draw in browsers.Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442056817
Publisher:
Baker & Taylor, CATS
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Product dimensions:
11.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called “the dean of the [children’s science book] field” by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where students can post on the “Seymour Science Blog” and educators can download a free four-page Teacher Guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Join the growing legion of @seymoursimon fans on Twitter!

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