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Nic Bishop Snakes
     

Nic Bishop Snakes

by Nic Bishop
 

YIKES!!! Join naturalist Nic Bishop for a closer look at scaly, scary snakes!

Snakes are scaly, scary, silent predators. They use powerful venom or crushing strength to overwhelm their victims. Then they swallow them whole!

With breathtaking full-page images, Sibert Medal-winning photographer Nic Bishop introduces the terrifying and beautiful world of snakes.

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YIKES!!! Join naturalist Nic Bishop for a closer look at scaly, scary snakes!

Snakes are scaly, scary, silent predators. They use powerful venom or crushing strength to overwhelm their victims. Then they swallow them whole!

With breathtaking full-page images, Sibert Medal-winning photographer Nic Bishop introduces the terrifying and beautiful world of snakes. The simple, engaging text presents both basic information and captivating details about the appearance, habits, and remarkable abilities of these amazing reptiles. An index and glossary are included, along with an author's note detailing his research and the fun stories behind the photographs.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Calling snakes “strange, secretive, and surprising,” Bishop offers an excellent photographic guide to these reptiles in all their diversity. Striking magnified images depict a variety of snake species in the wild and in captivity, including a feathered bush viper (whose scales resemble tree leaves), garter snakes overwintering in a burrow, and an African egg-eating snake living up to its moniker. Bishop accompanies the photographs with factual information about each specimen, as well as observations about the snakes’ physical characteristics and behavior (“Extra-large scales on a snake’s belly act like the tread on your shoes”). Herpetologists in training, look no further. Ages 4�8. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

"Bishop returns with his always-amazing photographs, here of snakes in all their scaly sinuosity. Seemingly impossible-to-get shots of the animals poised and alert, arched and ready to strike, and even swallowing an egg whole are interspersed with more restful moments during which snakes are coiled onto branches or camouflaged by sand. All the images feature gorgeous colors and a clarity that allows details such as the edges of scales and the flexing of musculature to be examined. It will take a while for readers to tear themselves away from the images to read the accompanying text that describes snake behavior, physiology, and eating habits, including their fascinating ability to swallow animals bigger than themselves. As in previous titles (about Spiders and Frogs, both rev. 3/08; and Lizards, rev. 11/10, for example), topic sentences for each spread appear in a larger font and a contrasting color. In a riveting note at the end of the book, Bishop reveals the lengths he went to to get these perfect shots (including a bite from a brown tree snake that left some of the snake’s teeth buried in his hand): he housed several of the snakes and photographed them in controlled environments, sometimes from behind glass for his protection."
- Danielle J. Ford, The Horn Book Magazine starred review

Praise for Nic Bishop's Animal Series

"A fascinating depth of information." --THE HORN BOOK, starred review

"Stupendous photographs." --KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

"Spectacular fold-out pages." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

"A wealth of intriguing facts." --BOOKLIST, starred review

"Thoughtfully crafted." --BCCB, starred review

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Famed photographer and naturalist Bishop has added another volume to his series titled, "Nic Bishop's Animal Series." In order to produce this book, he raised snakes and spent a great deal of time with them. He, and they, became comfortable with each other so that he could come up with the spectacular color photographs that are the mainstay of this work. Facts are presented with various sizes and colors of type, with the most noteworthy and unusual data presented in larger print. Readers are certain to add to their knowledge by having read the text and examined the pictures. Author notes at the bottom of every page indicate the great amount of time and patience needed to produce each photo. A striking fold-out page photo of a Mojave rattlesnake is an added bonus. On the concluding two pages, Bishop has written about personal experiences that he dealt with during the creation of this book. A glossary, index, and brief bibliography are also included. If other volumes in this series are in demand, or further material on snakes is needed, purchase is recommended. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
Gr 3�5—Nearly two dozen close-ups of photogenic snakes are highlighted in this introduction. A lucid text, set either on different colored pages or overlaid on photo backgrounds, briefly describes basic anatomy; major physical characteristics common to all snakes; distinctive characteristics of more than a dozen world species; locomotion; diet; hunting and feeding methods; defense mechanisms; and egg-laying and birth of young. The photographs, a mix of full-page and spreads, are sharply focused, well composed, and expertly lighted so that the reptiles' beautiful skin colors and patterns are shown to advantage-the shot of a Central American eyelash viper in attack mode is especially good, and a four-page foldout displaying a coiled Mojave rattlesnake is impressive. Picture captions identify the species depicted and offer additional information on characteristics; the degree of magnification employed is indicated. Other snakes shown include the parrot snake, carpet python, and African egg-eating snake. An afterword describes some of the difficulties Bishop encountered in photographing his subjects. This title compares well with such standards as Sandra Markle's Outside and Inside Snakes (S & S, 1995) and Seymour Simon's Snakes (HarperCollins, 1992) and offers some new tidbits of information. Bishop's brilliantly photographed book will appeal both to snake fans and casual browsers.—Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545206389
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Series:
Nic Bishop Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
636,502
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Nic Bishop is the author and photographer of many award-winning books for children, including RED-EYED TREE FROG; CHAMELEON, CHAMELEON; NIC BISHOP SPIDERS; and most recently, NIC BISHOP LIZARDS. He has a doctorate in biological sciences and a passionate interest in many of the smaller animals on our planet. Originally from New Zealand, Nic lives in Michigan. Visit him online at www.nicbishop.com.

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