What's Inside a Rattlesnake's Rattle?: And Other Questions Kids Have about Snakesby Heather L. Montgomery, Bill Piggins
How long can a snake get? Do all snakes have fangs? Why do snakes go sssss? You’ve got questions about snakes, and Kids’ Questions has answers!
Children's Literature - Tiffany TorbeckIt is understandable that kids would have a lot of questions about snakes, like do they have ears, can they smell and how big a thing can a snake eat? This book takes questions from children and answers them in a kid-friendly fashion. For example, when explaining how long the largest snake is, the book says it is thirty feet, or longer than a school bus, or that snakes can go five miles per hour, which really is not fast considering that any person can run that fast. Each question is asked by a particular child, "Abigale, age eight," or someone identified by grade, like a Kindergartner, however, where these children are from is never identified. Abigale may be a fictional character for all the reader knows, and it would strengthen the book to have a location for each child, even if only in the end notes. The illustrations are humorous and add to the text. A glossary and index can be found at the end, as well as books for further reading and a referral to FactHound. This is an approachable volume for children in classrooms and libraries. Reviewer: Tiffany Torbeck
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