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Snakes
     

Snakes

by Sandra Markle, Joe McDonald (Photographer)
 

One snake can be as long as a city bus—that's big! Another snake is as little as an earthworm. How does it help one snake to be big? How does it help another snake to be little? In Snakes Biggest! Littlest! readers will learn how a snake's size is important to stay alive. Dramatic photos from around the globe show the features that make snakes unusual.

Overview

One snake can be as long as a city bus—that's big! Another snake is as little as an earthworm. How does it help one snake to be big? How does it help another snake to be little? In Snakes Biggest! Littlest! readers will learn how a snake's size is important to stay alive. Dramatic photos from around the globe show the features that make snakes unusual. Every snake has parts—like fangs or special scales—that allow it to live in its specific place in the world, and now readers can see them up close. As readers slither into the world of snakes, they will come to understand the power of these remarkable creatures.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Bright, crisp color photos illuminate Markle's staccato text that is just right for younger readers as it discusses the pros and cons of snake size and the benefits of large or small body parts. However, the book is not merely a litany of factoids, but a cogent look at commonalities or disparate evolutions that are advantageous for these sleek reptiles in their specific habitats. A global location map for the photographed snakes is included. Far less detailed than Laurence Pringle's handsome Snakes!: Strange and Wonderful (Boyds Mills, 2004) and on the same level as Jennifer Dussling's Slinky, Scaly Snakes! (DK, 1998), this eye-catcher will certainly invite budding herpetologists to a s-s-snakefest.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Addressing new readers in this mesmerizing follow-up to Spiders: Biggest! Littlest! (2004), veteran science writer Markle sticks to short, matter-of-fact sentences, easy language, and such high-profile topics as extremes of size, natural prey, fangs and jaws and skin shedding. Accompanied by a set of riveting close-up photos, including views of an African Rock Python downing an entire gazelle, six people holding up a monster described as a "young Reticulated Python," and several looks down the throats of various vipers, this should find a ready audience of vicarious thrill-seekers. However, it includes enough factual content to leave budding naturalists pleased and informed, too. (map, glossary) (Nonfiction. 7-9)
From the Publisher

"Should find a ready audience of vicarious thrill-seekers." --Kirkus Reviews

"A marvelous way to teach young children how snakes depend on their special body features. . . . This title has all the components of good nonfiction - interesting topic and content, good layout, and beautiful photographs." --Library Media Connection

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590788745
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Biggest! Littlest! Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.90(w) x 16.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children on a variety of science topics, including Spiders: Biggest! Littlest! and Outside and Inside Birds, an American Library Association Notable Book. She lives in New Zealand.

Joe McDonald has been photographing wildlife since he was in high school. He has also published seven books on wildlife photography. He lives in McLure, Pennsylvania, with his wife and fellow photographer, Mary Ann McDonald.

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