Vipers: Scary Snakes

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Gr 2-4- Some fascinating, if dangerous, snakes are the focus of these straightforward introductions. In each one, a large-print text covers the basics, first identifying the family to which the reptiles belong and then briefly describing their outstanding physical characteristics, behavior, habitats, and diets. Each title also profiles two or three species, describing some distinctive characteristics and outlining the level of danger they pose to humans. A full-page, sharp color close-up of one or more representative species appears opposite each page of text. All three titles are lucid and objective, notwithstanding the hyperbolic series title. Boas describes more species and gives more detail on physical and behavioral characteristics than Carmen Bredeson's Boa Constrictors up Close (Enslow, 2006), which focuses primarily on major body parts. Rattlesnakes has a greater emphasis on individual species and a more accessible text than Jim Arnosky's All about Rattlesnakes (Scholastic, 1997), which is illustrated with watercolor paintings and has more information on senses and hibernation. They are good companion volumes. Fiedler's books are reliable resources for beginning reports.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404238336
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Rosen Middle School Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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