Crocodiles: On the Hunt

Crocodiles: On the Hunt

by Lori Polydoros
     
 

Crocodiles may not be the fastest killer animals but they know how to wait for the right time to attack Learn how the world's largest living reptile finds its next meal  See more details below

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Crocodiles may not be the fastest killer animals but they know how to wait for the right time to attack Learn how the world's largest living reptile finds its next meal

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
To capture the attention of those children who are still reading at lower levels, the publisher has named this series "Killer Animals." The cover, the title page, and the chapter introductions are black with bloody red splotches; a sidebar is called a "Killer Fact." Who are these fearsome monsters? Actually, they are the large predators of the world which are vital to the maintenance of ecosystems. Some are man-eaters, and these are called "alpha" predators. In this volume, readers will discover the stealthy crocodile, which hides underwater and strikes like lightning at its prey. Large color photos show Nile crocodiles in their African habitat, attacking wildebeests and zebras through the force of their awesome conical teeth, strong tails, and long sharp claws. Close-ups focus on the crocodiles' scaly hides, much coveted by hunters. Crocodiles drag their air-breathing prey underwater, but there the text is mistaken. Polydoros says that, underwater, the crocodiles "strip the meat from the prey;" in truth, the creatures must drown their prey with a "death roll," then shake, tear, and wrench the victims apart. After all, crocodiles' teeth cannot slice. In addition, Polydoros minimizes the fact that crocodiles do kill and eat humans, too. A final section explains that crocodiles are important because they "eat all kinds of prey" and "too many animals can be bad for the ecosystem." Adults planning to use this set with children would do well to first read David Quammen's Monster of God (Norton, 2003) to gain a wider perspective on predators at the top of food chains and their importance to the survival of us all. (Quammen describes crocodile-human relationships in Africa, India, andAustralia.) Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429623148
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
Killer Animals Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lori Polydoros is a children's book author and freelance writer of more than 75 stories and books for kids. She pens fiction and non-fiction for the library and educational market. Lori's non-fiction titles range from animals to extreme sports. She has also published many stories in the "Los Angeles Times' Kids' Reading Room" page. But most of all, Lori loves writing picture books and novels for middle grade readers. Many of her fiction titles are set in unusual places around the world. Lori has won several awards for her picture books and novels. She presents at author festivals and schools and teaches creative writing classes for all ages. Check out Lori's website at: www.loripolydoros.com.

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