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Mysteries of the Komodo Dragon: The Biggest, Deadliest Lizard Gives Up Its Secrets Hardcover – October 1, 2010

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Gr 4-7–There's nothing like a toothy, bulky, 10-foot-long lizard with deadly saliva to arouse readers' interest. While Crump's lively text does not supply a stage-by-stage description of the animal's life cycle and physiology, it does give enough data to satisfy many readers and researchers. More importantly, it follows a long-term research project into the chemical makeup of “dragon drool” and the possible practical applications of the chemicals in this deadly substance to human pharmacology. Clear, color photos depict dragons from hatchlings to adults, scientists hiding in blinds and weighing catches, and zookeepers cuddling dragons with “gentle” dispositions. Conservation efforts underway to protect this rare and threatened species are included. A range of topics appears in the addenda, including the dragon's life cycle, the use of its forked tongue as an environment “tester,” dragon conservation status, and survival programs. A surefire selection in terms of appeal and information.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Dropping the names of numerous researchers into her narrative, Crump presents a lively and well-informed portrait of the world’s “biggest, deadliest lizard.” Noting that Komodo dragons are dangerous—particularly because their “deadly dragon drool” is infested with toxic bacteria—but that just like us, some are more sociable than others, she explains in a coherent, systematic way how scientists study them close-up to learn about their life cycles, typical behavior, eating habits, and environment, then closes with summary facts and information about the Komodo Survival Program. Along with useful range maps, the big, well-chosen color illustrations include photographs of the Indonesian landscape and scenes of the reptiles hatching, wrestling for mates, eyeing prey (which includes young dragons), and hanging out with humans. There’s no lack of current books on the topic, but the twin focus on the creatures themselves and on the people who study them makes this a standout, and readers with a serious yen to know more will find the unusually large bibliography of (mostly) adult resources just the ticket. Grades 3-5. --John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590787579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590787571
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This informative text tells the story of the Komodo dragon from the discovery of the beasts by Chinese sailors thousands of years ago to the most recent research on the antibiotic potential of substances found in the blood stream of the Komodo dragon. The book is written in a quasi-chronological fashion where stories of the research conducted on Komodo dragons by Burden (1920s), Auffenberg (1960s), Fredeking (1990s), and Ariefiandy (today) is presented. These stories demonstrate the need of scientists to build on one another's research and how each discovery invites potential for future research. Especially prominent in the text is the importance of conservation for the survival of this unique species. The author even makes an important note near the end of the text that "a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Komodo Survival Program."

I enjoyed the simple condensed text used in this book that allows the reader to see the major points but not overwhelm them with superfluous details that take away from the story of the Komodo dragon. Furthermore, Crump provides the reader with a detailed bibliography as well as suggestions for further reading, glossary, and index for ease of reference when reading the book. She even suggests some web sites for further reading.

I also enjoyed the large, colorful photographs sprinkled throughout the text. My favorite picture is found on page 27 that demonstrates the "gentle giant" nature of the species by showing Judith Bryja at the Houston Zoo "cuddling up" with her favorite Komodo dragon as she reads out of the seminal Auffenberg text on the "Komodo monitor." The pictures do much to enhance the reading enjoyment but also the understanding of the text.
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This is a very informative book and it does have several pictures but it is very small. My fault, I suppose I should have read the size description better. I think my grandson will like it, but not be thrilled as he is with his nice large reptile books - definitely doesn't have much bang for my buck!
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