Everything Reptile: What Kids Really Want to Know about Reptilesby Cherie Winner
Readers learn intersting facts like: what are a rattlesnake's rattles made of? And what happens when a lizard loses a tail?
Publishers WeeklyTwo titles extend the paper-over-board Kids' FAQs series: Everything Dolphin: What Kids Really Want to Know About Dolphins by Marty Crisp and Everything Reptile by Cherie Winner. Like the previous titles, children pose the questions (such as "How are dolphins different from porpoises?" and "Who is the most famous dolphin?") and brief paragraphs paired with close-up color photographs serve as answers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's LiteratureEven someone already well-read on the subject of reptiles will find something new and interesting in this question-and-answer format book about these cold-blooded creatures. Readers will discover two very unusual types of reptiles called Amphisbaenians or "worm lizards" and Tuataras. Thriving all over the world 200 million years ago, only two species of Tuataras are around today and they can only be found in New Zealand. Tuataras look similar to iguanas except for the spines along the back and the third eye on their forehead. Questions in this book are based on the author's school visits and her answers are concise yet chatty and full of great scientific details. All references to size, weight, and distance are done in both English and metric measurements. The author describes the very smallest lizards as weighing only "4/1,000 of an ounce (0.12 grams), less than the weight of two Cheerios." The page layout is well organized but with a real sense of fun. Throughout the book, the cute little forked tongue of a snake pokes across the pages. This book is part of the "Kids' FAQs" series that includes Everything Dog, Everything Cat, Everything Bug, and Everything Dolphin. 2004, NorthWord, Ages 8 to 12.
Sally J. K. Davies
School Library JournalGr 3-5-These books provide kids with answers to common questions about various animals. Each chapter is headed with one or two queries (e.g., "How fast can dolphins swim, and how deep can they dive?") followed by one- or two-page answers. Enough information is provided to cover the basics, such as what the creatures look like and what they eat. There's not much species-specific material, but the answer to each question is detailed enough for most reports. Of the two, Reptile has less specific information, probably because it has a broader range of creatures to discuss, but it still makes a good introduction to the topic. Because the chapters are relatively short, the texts never seem overwhelming or intimidating. Lots of clear photos add appeal. Although neither volume has an index, children can easily access information through the tables of contents. With broad appeal for both browsers and researchers, these offerings make good additions to natural-history collections.-Arwen Marshall, Minneapolis Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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