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Slither and Crawl: Eye to Eye with Reptiles Hardcover – April 7, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402739869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402739866
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highlighted by four single gatefolds, this large-format gallery of life-size painted portraits really allows readers to get up close and personal with several dozen modern reptiles. Though he manages to slip in the odd cobra or Komodo dragon, Arnosky focuses mainly on North American species, from the diminutive anole to an American crocodile’s head that fills up three whole pages. Surrounded by detailed pencil sketches, narrative paragraphs on alternate pages cover common reptilian physical features, eating habits, hibernation, and the rearing of young. This kind of nearness is just for reading, though—the author adds cautionary notes about observing reptiles in the wild, which is appropriate seeing as how these eye-filling, carefully accurate depictions make enticing invitations to budding naturalists to go out and see for themselves. Grades 2-4. --John Peters


"Arnosky’s painterly eye and personal observations match handsomely in this face-to-face experience. The slim volume presents-head-on-life-size deptictions of a plethora of scaly or otherwise armored critters, along with a nice selection of data included in the conversational text. Neat foldouts of a passel of snakes, an American crocodile (with an infant perched on his nose), a skitter of lizards, and the heads of a variety of sea turtles add an interactive touch to the artist’s outstanding acrylics. Even libraries that have titles in Arnosky’s "All About" series (Scholastic) will want to add this handsome, informative book to their slithery collections." —School Library Journal  (Starred Review)

"Youngsters can examine beautiful and very detailed illustrations of different types of reptiles while they learn why these creatures differ and compare with other animals. The book presents facts about snakes, lizards, turtles, crocodiles, and alligators, especially their size, eating habits, habitats, natural predators, and prey. The book also answers the question of 'Where do reptiles go in winter?' An Author’s Note describes how Arnosky safely observes reptiles. It also offers a further reading list and a metric equivalent chart for readers not familiar with American measurement systems. Arnosky’s love of nature is contagious and spills across the pages. Because of its comprehensive coverage, this book is valuable for both and school and public libraries." —Library Media Connection 

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When Jim Arnosky was a boy, he dreamed of creepy, crawly critters like many other kids and reptiles definitely fit the description. Reptiles can't warm themselves "internally the way birds and mammals can" and that is why, if have any in your area, you often find them sunning themselves on rocks to warm up or hiding in cool spots to cool off. The reptile species includes "turtles, snakes, lizards and crocodilians." The majority of the reptiles talked about or illustrated in this book are North American.

Both the person who wants to read about reptiles or simply browse the magnificent illustrations, will be more than satisfied. In this book you will learn many interesting facts including unique physical facts about each group, how many species there are, their sizes, how you can distinguish the difference between a limbless lizard and a snake, where they live, what they eat, why these critters are skittish, where they hibernate, how they protect themselves, the difference between a crocodile and an alligator, why some became endangered species and a bit about the non-native python. In the back of the book are additional recommended book resources.

You're just going to open this book and say, "Oh, yeah!" Jim Arnosky seems to get better with each book he writes and illustrates, if that can happen. The description of each species is clear and concise, but what really makes this book are the stunning illustrations. There are four fold-out pages teeming with life-size reptiles that just seem to pop right out at the reader. For example on the snake's fold-out there is a nest of snakes, including a banded-water snake, a diamondback rattlesnake, a copperhead, a cottonmouth moccasin, a kingsnake, a coral snake, an orange rate snake, a blue racer, a garter snake a tree boa, a northern water snake, a cobra and an anaconda. This book is going to make some youngster's eyes just shine with delight! (Oh, yeah!)
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By Taylor on January 12, 2014
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This was a gift to an 11 year old, and the author was suggested by the parent. This is a large hard cover book with very nice illustrations and interesting facts about the animals. It was an immediate hit with the child that received it.
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