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Hide and Seek Science: Where's That Reptile?

Hide and Seek Science: Where's That Reptile?

by Barbara Brenner, Bernice Chardiet, Carol Schwartz (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Readers are asked to find 18 reptiles that are concealed, to a degree, in a series of double-page watercolor paintings of various natural habitats. Short blocks of text briefly describe such creatures as leatherback turtles, Nile crocodiles, horned toads, iguanas, garter snakes, etc. depicted in the illustrations and offer some miscellaneous facts about them. A chart on the last page shows each animal in silhouette, along with a label indicating average size. The vibrant pictures will attract browsers. The few in which the subjects are difficult to locate are particularly effective; however, most are disappointingly easy to spot. In a couple, they are in full view and children are merely asked to tally heads or tails. The statement that ``...A full-grown snapping turtle can weigh over 200 pounds'' is misleading as this is only applicable to the less common alligator snapper. Geographical ranges are not given and, while most of the species depicted are identified, not all are. A tinge of anthropormophism is occasionally present. John N. Wood's Nature Hide & Seek: Oceans (1985) and Nature Hide & Seek: Jungles (1987, both Knopf) portray camouflaged animals more effectively. With the exception of some very attractive illustrations, this title has little to offer.-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Hide and Seek Science
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 11.15(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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