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Children's LiteratureFew animals, or should I say reptiles, terrorize and fascinate, all at the same time, as snakes. Spend anytime in a garden, on a hiking trail or in any wooded area and wait for the shriek that is sure to accompany a snake sighting. Not surprisingly, they are hot topics among children looking to learn more about the world around them. This comprehensive and brightly illustrated book, part of the publisher's four title "True Book" series, gives young readers plenty of detailed information about snakes, and is an excellent starting point for reports and other assignments about these enthralling reptiles. There are more than 3,000 species of snakes on earth, and contrary to popular misconception, most are harmless. The flying snake surely strikes terror into the hearts of all who see it. Living in rain forests, this long, green reptile actually leaps from tree to tree, seeming to fly through the air as it goes. The book is filed with many interesting tidbits of information as well as at least one color photograph on nearly each page. The author has also included a list of organizations and other books that can provide additional information about snakes plus a helpful glossary. This title is an ideal place to begin a literary snake hunt. 2003, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 8 to 10.
— Bruce Adelson, J.D.