Jennifer Owings Dewey Rattlesnake Dance

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Rattlesnake Dance

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Jennifer Owings Dewey is the author of Wildlife Rescue, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Grade 3-6. In a simple, compelling text, Dewey invites readers to share three of her personal experiences with rattlesnakes in her native New Mexico. The first is a traumatic, life-threatening episode involving a snakebite at the age of nine. The second describes her awe at a Hopi rain dance, watching the dancers handle snakes?including rattlers?with seeming impunity. The third, years later, depicts her wonder at observing two male rattlers jousting for dominance. These engrossing memories are embroidered with informative boxes of scientific facts and folklore about rattlesnakes, and the whole is handsomely enriched by Dewey's elegant, exquisitely detailed pencil illustrations and scientific diagrams. Two problems exist: one small, one not so small. In a listing of rattlesnake enemies, vultures are not mentioned, but one is depicted in the drawing. A distribution map of "Species of Rattlesnakes" includes the cottonmouth and the copperhead. Both of these snakes belong to the family of pit vipers (Crotalidae), which includes rattlesnakes, but they are not members of a rattlesnake genus, and have no rattles. Otherwise, a fascinating read.?Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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