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Presents information about frogs and toads in a question and answer format, describing the differences between them, their common physical characteristics, habitats, defense mechanisms, and eating habits.
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Grade 3-5 These brief, randomly arranged introductions present intriguing facts about dozens of cold-blooded creatures. Each page addresses one topic in a question-and-answer format. The question is followed by a short column, or block, of text describing major characteristics shared by all of the featured animals or distinctive physical and/or behavioral characteristics of particular species. Amphibians, Lizards, and Snakes focus primarily on about two dozen species with unusual characteristics, including, respectively, a frog that becomes smaller as it matures a skink that swims in loose sand to escape enemies and snakes that reproduce asexually. Most of the entries in Crocodiles offer general information, asking such questions as, What's the difference between a crocodile and an alligator? and How do crocodiles kill their prey? Other topics include locomotion, senses, feeding habits, egg-laying, and natural enemies. The books include a sharp color photograph or drawing of each creature, along with an illustrated sidebar offering additional facts about the featured animal or information about related species. Daniel Gilpin's Dwarf Geckos, Rattlesnakes & Other Reptiles (Compass Point, 2005) offers more detailed, better-organized information but Harris's colorful, accessible books will attract browsers and spur them on to further reading. Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
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Book Description Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1433934426