Joanne Mattern Lizards (Animals, Animals)

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Lizards (Animals, Animals)

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9780761412595: Lizards (Animals, Animals)

We all recognize an elephant or a bear when we see one. But how much do we really know about these incredible animals? This lively series takes young readers to the heart of the jungle, across the plains and out to sea to explore the lives of these wildlife stars. Each volume examines the anatomy and special skills of its subject as well as its habitats, diets and hunting strategies. Remarkable insights into family and social interactions and compelling discussions about the often precarious future faced by each animal round out each volume. Written with flair, each easy-to-read title includes a variety of fact boxes and sidebars containing fascinating observations and fun trivia.

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Grade 3-6-Illustrations and text are skillfully blended in these broad introductions. Each large-print text briefly describes basic reptile characteristics; the major physical and behavioral characteristics of its subject animals; and special traits, diets, and geographical locations of eight particular species. Each one also gives an overview of how the animals are viewed in the folklore and mythology of different cultures, and outlines their relationship with humankind today. One or two sharp, full-color photographs appear on about every other page, and extended picture captions supplement the texts. More than two dozen species are depicted in Lizards and a diagram of basic anatomy is provided. Snakes shows over a dozen species and offers several diagrams-two on anatomical features, one on locomotion. A few boxed inserts with miscellaneous facts also appear sporadically in each title. Both texts have appealing formats, and are well organized and clearly written; most scientific terms are defined as they appear. While these titles cover much the same general information as Susan Schafer's Lizards (Benchmark, 2001), Claudia Schnieper's Snakes (Carolrhoda, 1995), and Sandra Markle's Outside and Inside Snakes (Atheneum, 1995), Mattern's and Ruth's titles focus more on the characteristics of individual species and describe them in more detail. Libraries with a heavy demand for materials on these popular reptiles will find these books to be useful additions.
Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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