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Snakes by Seymour Simon

What animal can smell with its tongue, swallow an animal larger than its own head, and grow to be longer than a school bus? A snake! Pound for pound, snakes are among the strongest of animals. Most people fear snakes, but there are only a few that are dangerous to humans. And if snakes were to disappear, the earth would be overrun with rats and rodents. We all must learn to appreciate these awesome reptiles as a vital part of the global balance of nature.

Author Biography: Seymour Simon was born in New York City. He received his B.A. degree from City College, New York, and did graduate work there. Mr. Simon is the author of many highly acclaimed science books for young readers. He is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Commendation from the National Forum on Children's Science Books and the Eva L. Gordon Award from the Nature Society for his contribution to children's science literature. His many award-winning books include How to be a Space Scientist in your own home and photographic books on space: Galaxies, Jupiter, Saturn, The Sun, Stars, Mars, and Uranus. More than sixty of his books have been selected as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association. Some of his most recent books for HarperCollins are Snakes, Big Cats, Whales, and Wolves.Mr. Simon lives in Great Neck, New York.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061140952
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/13/2007
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 799,973
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Seymour Simon has been called “the dean of the [children’s science book] field” by the New York Times. He has written more than 300 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Columbia County in Upstate New York. You can visit him online at, where students can post on the “Seymour Science Blog” and educators can download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Join the growing legion of @seymoursimon fans on Twitter!

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Snakes 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tobyone More than 1 year ago
Great pictures. Needs to have info about each snake collected with the picture. Writing too wordy,format too dense for intent of book -- I assume 2-4th grade? -- and not enough herpetological info given, I bought this for my 9-year-old grandaughter, who is very interested in snakes, and she glanced through it and set it aside. Tobyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago