It 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
Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)
Meet the Author
In her books for young readers, Heather L. Montgomery shares her passion for nature. During her 20 years of outdoor education, Heather has unearthed many mysteries – from snake tongues to slurping bugs; the more bizarre, the better. Nature’s riddles led her to obtain a B.S. in biology and M.S. in environmental education. You can find more questions that have perplexed her in Wild Discoveries: Wacky New Animals, The Case of the Missing Arctic Fox and Other True Animals Stores for You to Solve and Mummies: Truth and Rumors. Heather lives in Alabama with her husband, cat, and dog.