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The Python and Anaconda

The Python and Anaconda

by Edith Hope Fine, Judy Lockwood

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- A lively, straightforward introduction to the two largest, most primitive snakes. Clear color photographs accompany the text on approximately every other page; a few are two-page spreads. Fine's text is smoothly and clearly written, and the information presented is well organized and accurate; however, it is flawed by the omission of some useful data. While the scientific names as well as the family name of the reticulated python and the giant anaconda are given, only common names are provided for the half-dozen or so related species also discussed. And, although most of the reptiles in the photographs are identified in the captions, some are not. In addition, the photographs do not always match the text. This book does provide more in-depth information than Bargar's Anacondas and Pythons (both Rourke, 1987), although Bargar's photos are generally superior (i.e., larger and sharper). It is more detailed than Bender's Pythons and Boas (Gloucester, 1988) which has a broader, more profusely illustrated introduction and provides briefer descriptions of a wider variety of species. In comparison with Simon's Meet the Giant Snakes (Walker, 1979), Fine's book offers more factual data, particularly on anatomy; Simon's book, illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings, is chattier, relating a number of anecdotes of human encounters with snakes. School and public libraries with a heavy demand for snake books will find The Python and Anaconda a useful additional title. --Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library

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Silver Burdett Press
Publication date:
Wildlife Habits and Habitats Ser.
Age Range:
10 Years

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