Slinky, Scaly, Slithery Snakes

Slinky, Scaly, Slithery Snakes

by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
     
 

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Did you know that there are more than 2,500 different kinds of snakes slithering throughout the world? Although they have many characteristics in common, they can range in patterns and sizes from the two-inch-long thread snake, as skinny as a strand of spaghetti, to the thirty-two-foot reticulated python that is big enough to eat a pig or a small child! Dorothy

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Did you know that there are more than 2,500 different kinds of snakes slithering throughout the world? Although they have many characteristics in common, they can range in patterns and sizes from the two-inch-long thread snake, as skinny as a strand of spaghetti, to the thirty-two-foot reticulated python that is big enough to eat a pig or a small child! Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and Kendahl Jan Jubb combine their talents and knowledge in this scientifically accurate and beautifully illustrated book snake lovers won't be able to resist.

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“The sinuous bodies of snakes are highlighted in vivid paintings that dominate every page of this introductory title .... The book is clearly written and well organized .... The paintings are realistically rendered .... Young herpetologists should find [it] very satisfying.” —School Library Journal

“Striking graphics and a spare, readable text will have young readers snatching up this snake book by this prolific and talented science writer. Without any wasted words, she describes how ... snakes hunt, hide, eat, reproduce, and move.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature
If you are curious about snakes and want to learn more about them, this book is for you. This fascinating book tells a variety of interesting facts about snakes. For example, snakes live almost every place in the world except on some islands and near both poles. There are more than 2,500 kinds of snakes, and their varying habitats range from beneath the ground to the tops of trees. Snakes are amazingly strong with many muscles to power their movements. This colorfully illustrated book is for young readers fascinated with or terrified by snakes. The full-page paintings make the snakes slither around the page in a realistic way. The book would be good for teachers wanting to show their students that snakes are not always dangerous. The map in the back is also helpful in showing where some of the snakes mentioned in the book live. 2000, Walker Publishing Co, Ages 4 to 8.
— Elizabeth Mauer
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-The sinuous bodies of snakes are highlighted in vivid paintings that dominate every page of this introductory title. Short paragraphs of text are set against various color backgrounds, often encircled by the loosely coiled bodies of various species. The text describes the physical and behavioral characteristics common to all snakes, and some special characteristics of individual species. The last page lists the reptiles in order of appearance, and identifies them by common and scientific names. The book is clearly written and well organized, but not all scientific terms are defined within the text. The paintings are realistically rendered but the colors are often more intense than they would be in nature. Also, many of the illustrations are close-ups, making most of the species appear to be of roughly the same size, which is misleading. A world map shows the geographical distribution of 20 of the snakes featured in the book. Patricia Lauber's Snakes Are Hunters (HarperCollins, 1988), which is aimed at roughly the same audience, has similar information but is illustrated with cartoon drawings. Patent's book offers more information on senses and defense mechanisms and has more realistic illustrations. Young herpetologists should find Slinky, Scaly, Slithery Snakes very satisfying.-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802776525
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
926,027
Product dimensions:
10.02(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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From the Publisher
"The sinuous bodies of snakes are highlighted in vivid paintings that dominate every page of this introductory title .... The book is clearly written and well organized .... The paintings are realistically rendered .... Young herpetologists should find [it] very satisfying."— School Library Journal

"Striking graphics and a spare, readable text will have young readers snatching up this snake book by this prolific and talented science writer. Without any wasted words, she describes how ... snakes hunt, hide, eat, reproduce, and move."— Kirkus Reviews

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