Slither and Crawl: Eye to Eye with Reptiles
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Slither and Crawl: Eye to Eye with Reptiles

by Jim Arnosky
     
 

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Reptiles … close up!

Snake fangs, alligator claws, and turtle shells—all life-size! Go belly down on the ground, eye to reptilian eye, with acclaimed naturalist Jim Arnosky. Through large gatefolds and marvelously detailed, realistic art, he takes kids (safely!) up close and personal with these slithery, crawly creatures. Arnosky explains

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Reptiles … close up!

Snake fangs, alligator claws, and turtle shells—all life-size! Go belly down on the ground, eye to reptilian eye, with acclaimed naturalist Jim Arnosky. Through large gatefolds and marvelously detailed, realistic art, he takes kids (safely!) up close and personal with these slithery, crawly creatures. Arnosky explains how to identify venomous snakes and their harmless cousins, where to find a 200-pound lizard, how to avoid becoming an alligator's lunch, and much more. It's the perfect gift for a budding naturalist, animal lover, or artist.

A 2009 Parents' Choice Recommended Nonfiction Book.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

Arnosky's painterly eye and personal observations match handsomely in this face-to-face experience. The slim volume presents-head-on-life-size depictions of a plethora of scaly or otherwise armored critters, along with a nice selection of data included in the conversational text. Neat foldouts of a passel of snakes, an American crocodile (with an infant perched on its nose), a skitter of lizards, and the heads of a variety of sea turtles add an interactive touch to the artist's outstanding acrylics. Even libraries that have titles in Arnosky's "All About" series (Scholastic) will want to add this handsome, informative book to their slithery collections.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodilians stare out from the pages of this eye-catching introduction to reptiles. Illustrated with sketches and acrylic paintings-four on foldout pages that allow life-size representation of animal heads-this is the fruit of years of exploration and photography by the veteran naturalist. Each family is introduced with a page of text describing physical characteristics and some distinctive habits. The author distinguishes between land and sea turtles, crocodiles and alligators, and includes a page on the habits of all these cold-blooded animals in winter. Personal experiences enliven the text throughout, and Arnosky ends with a description of looking-in vain-for Burmese pythons in Key Largo, Fla. An inaccurate table of metric equivalents is an unnecessary addition to the backmatter of an otherwise admirable presentation. A richness of reptiles, indeed. (author's note, more reading) (Nonfiction. 6-10)
From the Publisher

*"Arnosky's painterly eye and personal observations match handsomely in this face-to-face experience . . . handsome, informative." —School Library Journal (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402739866
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
04/07/2009
Edition description:
With Giant Fold-Out Pages
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,143,890
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
NC1010L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Jim Arnosky has written and illustrated more than 100 books and been honored for his contribution to children's literature. He received the first lifetime achievement award for Excellence in Science Illustration from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for nonfiction. Many of his books are ALA Notable Books, and he has collected numerous starred reviews. Jim lives in South Ryegate, VT, but travels all over the US for school and library visits. Visit jimarnosky.com to learn more.

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