A large python dresses up the cover of this book from the "African Animals" series, which shows the highly-detailed head of a copper, cream and black colored reptile. This book is divided into parts called "Living in Africa," "Up Close!," "Eating and Drinking," and "Staying Safe." Easy text is made up of one and two sentences per page, and each page of text has an accompanying full-page photo. Details about the characteristics, life cycle, and habitat of the python are included. Readers can learn that some pythons are longer than two cars and that they shed their skins when they grow. Of interest also is the fact that pythons can wait up to a year between feedings if they eat large animals. End material features a simple glossary and a list of web and book resources. This book, as others in the series, can supplement science and geography lessons. Additionally, it is one that will aid the emergent reader as he or she seeks to learn information just for the fun of learning. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
Jody Sullivan Rake has written many children’s books for Capstone Press. As a science writer in the SeaWorld San Diego Education Department for 10 years, she wrote numerous booklets and other educational pieces. Her degree in zoology, experience at SeaWorld, and love of animals drives her passion for writing animal books.
Jody lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, daughter, and two cats. She loves to hike, ski, run, cook, and eat. She also loves books and movies.