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by Joanne Mattern

If a predator bites off a gecko's tail, it just grows a new one! Learn more about this sticky-toed lizard in Geckos.


If a predator bites off a gecko's tail, it just grows a new one! Learn more about this sticky-toed lizard in Geckos.

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Children's Literature - Laura Backman
Geckos are the only lizards that make sounds, newly emerged gecko hatchlings care for themselves, and, if a predator bites off a gecko's tail, it grows a new one. More facts can be discovered about these sticky-toed lizards. This 24-page title helps build an awareness of the diversity of animal forms. Close-up photographs complement the text and reveal the geckos' range of colors and body details. The cover photograph, though eye-catching, is not as crisp as the photographs within. One photograph reveals a gecko eating its insect dinner and may be a little jarring for some. The text's repetition of language and phrases helps early readers learn new words. Subject-specific vocabulary is introduced and defined in the glossary but cannot be found in bold print within the text. The reptile titles in this "Pebble Plus" series contain text features that support young readers' understanding of nonfiction text. Although each of the life-cycle diagrams in this series contain the same information, but not all begin with hatchlings, which may cause confusion for some when making comparisons. Early readers may need assistance with some words and help using the table of contents, the glossary, the "Read More" section, the internet site (Facthound, a Capstone sponsored web portal), and the index of the book. Reviewer: Laura Backman
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3–The reptiles in this series, some of which are kept as pets, are explored and photographed in their natural, exotic habitats. The books provide rudimentary introductions to the creatures through spreads that feature one or two simply written sentences opposite a full-page photograph. Geckos, for instance, describes the lizards as making a “squeaky noise” and having “sticky toes.” Gila Monsters informs readers that the creature’s bite is poisonous and that it can have a 20-year lifespan. Each title includes a range map. Some graphic photos are included, such as one in Chameleons that shows the creature swallowing another lizard, and another in Horned Lizards that depicts the animal after it has shot blood from its eyes as a defense. Though the photographs are well reproduced, the titles have a muted appearance and an old-fashioned layout. Extras in each book include a “Life Cycle” illustration and a recommendation to use the publisher’s Fact Hound Web site, which offers related Internet resources. Readers may be drawn to this series to learn more about uncommon reptiles, but the books lack visual appeal.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Capstone Reptiles Series
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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