Slithery Snakesby Roxie Munro
The snakes in this book are slithery . . . and maybe a little scary. But they’re also beautiful! Slithery Snakes offers clues about these creepy creatures and gives you an up-close look at their amazing skin patterns. Do you know which kind of snake is named after an article of clothing men once wore to hold up their socks? Or which snake has venom twice as lethal as a rattlesnake’s? Or which snake appeared on the first flag of the United States? Guess and then turn the page to find out! Slither! Hiss!
Gr 2–4—Floating on a colorful, realistic, double-page painting of patterned skin, a black text box offers clues to the snake's identity, and it is up to readers to name the species. Fortunately for unfledged herpetologists, the following spread presents the entire snake in full color, carefully placed in its habitat. Each bright revelation is accompanied by a more detailed paragraph of information. The nine species range from the familiar (the coast garter snake) to the expected (the eastern diamondback rattlesnake) to the exotic (Schinz's beaked snake). Accompanying this colorful array is an introductory page of "Fun Snake Facts," another discussing snakes in general, a glossary of "Fun Snake Words," and a brief list of adult titles. Team this with Laurence Pringle's nifty Snakes!: Strange and Wonderful (Boyds Mills, 2004) and/or Gail Gibbons's exuberant Snakes (Holiday House, 2007) for a session of scaly speculation. —Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Meet the Author
Roxie Munro is an award-winning author/illustrator of more than thirty-five books for children. Her books have received such honors as New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year and Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children, among many others. Her art has been exhibited nationally, including in the Original Art Exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. Roxie lives in New York City. Learn more: www.roxiemunro.com
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