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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823422348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823422340
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3–5—Gibbons's signature artwork splashes across the pages of this competent look at crocodilians. While indicating that there are 14 species of crocs and 2 of gators, the author focuses mainly on the American alligator and the American crocodile, disparate cousins that share a geographical environment (with the crocs mainly hugging southern Florida and the Keys). Gibbons discusses anatomical differences and similarities, mobility, hunting techniques, nest building, and parenting in her brief, readable text, using illustrations and diagrams to drive home her points. She closes with a plea for the conservation of these relics from the days of the dinosaurs and an extra page of saurian factoids. Simpler than Lisa Bullard's What's the Difference Between an Alligator and a Crocodile? (Picture Window) or Laurence Pringle's Alligators and Crocodiles!: Strange and Wonderful (Boyds Mills, both 2009), this is a colorful introduction to a pair of reptiles in our Southern states, with some toothy eye-candy on the cover.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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This addition to Gibbons' extensive shelf of topic books draws young readers into the world of alligators and crocodiles by first asking readers to distinguish between them. She describes the physical similarities and differences between the two most common species of the world's largest reptiles, as well as their habitats, habits, prey, locomotion, senses, communication, mating and nesting behavior, and status as endangered species. The author has chosen facts that will engage her readers, organized the information logically, and presented it in straightforward exposition. Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations show both species in their likely environment. Labels are plentiful and unfamiliar terms are explained in context. Two maps show where the species can be found around the world and where they coexist in the southern United States. While Gibbons' drawings don't have the fidelity of those of some other nature artists, the plants and animals surrounding these intriguing animals are generally recognizable. Additional factoids and a Web site suggestion for further research complete the package. Grades K-3. --Kathleen Isaacs

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 19, 2010
Format: Library Binding
"Alligators and Crocodiles" is a fun, fact-filled, color-illustrated guide to North American alligators and crocodiles for children ages 6-10. Complete with maps of alligator/crocodile habitat, detailed labeled artistic illustrations, and references to additional related web sites, "Alligators and Crocodiles" is filled with fascinating material that kids will devour eagerly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Sidney K. Moormeister on July 11, 2014
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I have loved alligators and crocodiles for as long as I can rememeber. (As a child, I drove my parents crazy with requests for our family to move to Miami where I could be near the alligators!) Gail Gibbons is absolutely brilliant. This book captures the fascination and joy these huge reptiles have always held for me. I have several of her books, and love them all, but she has absolutely outdone herself on this one! It is one of my favorite books of all time. I love to read it for the sheer joy it brings. Brilliant job!
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Product as advertised, promptly shipped. My kids love it. Recommended highly.
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More About the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com

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