Meet the Crocodile

Meet the Crocodile

by Suzanne Buckingham

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-3

Bearded Dragon is easy to follow without being oversimplified. The text fills one page of each spread and faces a full-color photograph. It's a good-looking, informative addition. Crocodiles also has photos that pop with action, but the text is not as easy. For example, "the word 'crocodile' comes from the Greek word krokodeilos . The first part, kroko , means 'pebble.' Deilos stands for 'worm.'" Although the picture of the pebbly-looking scales is fantastic, this description is going to be over children's heads. Also, the difference between crocodiles and alligators is explained, but there's no photograph illustrating the difference. Important terms are in bold in the texts and defined in a one-page glossary in both entries, but their meanings can usually be understood in context. Bulletted lists give pertinent facts about each animal, for example, "A ripe banana usually draws fruit flies, which make a tasty snack for bearded dragons"; "A crocodile folds its legs in close to its body so it can swim faster." There is no mention of how the crocodile uses its tail to propel itself through the water. Claire Robinson's Crocodiles in the Wild (Heinemann Library, 1998) does a better job of introducing the creature, placing it in a worldwide context and explaining and illustrating how it swims, runs, hunts, and develops.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

Product Details

Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
Scales and Tails Series
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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