"Gibbons's offering will be enjoyed by young readers and budding herpetologists."
Snakesby Gail Gibbons
There are about 3,000 kinds of snakes. Here is information about the different functions of these cold-blooded animals' physical characteristics. One also learns how they live, how they give birth (most lay eggs, some give birth to live babies), and how they eat (they swallow their prey whole, sometimes while it is still alive). Knowing about snakes, from the most ordinary garden variety to the most exotic constrictors and poisonous snakes, is to admire and respect these extraordinary reptiles.
K-Gr 4- This addition to Gibbons's long list of publications is typical, with a slightly oversize format; sketchbook-style illustrations; and a simple, readable text. It covers such topics as physical characteristics, locomotion, hunting techniques, and eating habits. Mating, while mentioned, is not depicted, nor is the actual birth of viviparous species. Strangely, while the animals are described as "cold-blooded" on the jacket flap, it is not mentioned in the text, though readers are told that "Snakes can regulate their body temperatures by moving to warmer or cooler areas." The illustrations depict a colorful array of creatures against their bright-hued grass, desert, and water habitats. Additional factoids are appended. Not as simple as the easy-reader style of Jennifer Dussling's Slinky, Scaly Snakes (DK, 1998) or Sarah L. Thomson's Amazing Snakes! (HarperCollins, 2006), or as demanding as Laurence Pringle's elegant Snakes! (Boyds Mills, 2004) or Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's handsome Slinky, Scaly, Slithery Snakes (Walker, 2000), Gibbons's offering will be enjoyed by young researchers and budding herpetologists.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Meet the Author
Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post", "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com
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