Seymour Simon Crocodiles & Alligators

ISBN 13: 9780060274733

Crocodiles & Alligators

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Crocodiles and alligators have always been one of humankind's most feared predators. Around since the days of the dinosaurs, they are probably the source of myths about ferocious serpents and man-eating dragons. All tall tales aside, these reptiles remain fascinating creatures. Did you know that crocodiles and alligators eat their food without chewing? Or that they use the sun to regulate their body temperature? Renowned science writer Seymour Simon's accessible text, and full-color photos, provide a stellar introduction to these reptile wonders.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 2000--selected by Natn'l Science Tchrs Assoc. & Child. Bk Cncl.

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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 www.seymoursimon.com, 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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With an unerring eye for dramatic and varied photographs of sharp-toothe d alligators and crocodiles, the respected science writer Seymour Simon guarante es our rapt attention. We learn that crocodiles do not weep "crocodile tears," but that some of them do live in salt water. We discover that an alligator's te eth are hidden when it closes its mouth, but in crocodiles the teeth of the lowe r jaw can always be seen. Both can live both in the water and on land, and both have long, powerful tails. After viewing open-mouthed, scarifying close-ups of crocodilians (the generic name of alligators and crocodiles), readers will be r elieved to learn that, on land, a human being can run faster than these fearsome giant reptiles. Illegal hunting brought them near to extinction in the 1970s, but new laws have increased the population levels of most species. Besides such details, the book offers remarkable color photographs by gifted nature photogra phers. Surprising deep-green endpapers, embossed so that they look like alligato r skin, are one more feast for the eye. A Parents' Choice Recommendation. (Selm a G. Lanes, Parents' Choice, 1999) -- From Parents' Choice®

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