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Grade 2–5—Survivors since prehistoric times, crocodiles were quite endangered just a few years ago and are now in comeback mode. Arnosky's journey on foot and by boat through Florida's mangrove swamps brings sightings of several crocs of varied size and age. Engaging text and acrylic paintings of the flora and fauna sharing their habitat explain the differences between alligators and crocodiles and various aspects of the physical characteristics and behavior of crocodiles. As in many of the author's animal-viewing ventures, his personal experiences and observations enliven the history and life cycle information. Here the "safari" is further expanded in an enclosed DVD in which Arnosky talks with viewers as he walks through the mangroves, and the crocodiles, birds, and other wildlife move through the water and trees in daylight and more muted twilight. In the final third of the film, the artist is seated in his boat with a drawing pad and teaches viewers how to draw a crocodile and an alligator. Both book and film end with the words and music of "Counting Crocodiles," written and sung by Arnosky. The book also includes a final page of added notes on crocodiles. The package is a fine introduction to the homely crocodile, the importance of wildlife protection, and the work of this personable naturalist.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Wildlife artist and naturalist Arnosky blends interesting facts about crocodiles, including their habits and habitats, with his exciting personal experiencess with the huge, dangerous reptiles in the Florida Everglades. Following basic information, such as the differences between alligators and crocodiles, the text then focuses on Arnosky’s own close, scary encounters with the animals in both a trash-filled mangrove creek next to a trailer park and in the wild swamps. Readers will be fascinated by the details about size, teeth, camouflage, and more, as well as the descriptions of the crocodiles stalking their prey for food at night, sunning themselves in the mud, swimming with just their eyes and snout above water, and springing off the bank, belly flopping only inches from Arnosky’s canoe, all illustrated in dramatic acrylic paintings. Supplementary material includes a DVD and a final page of facts about crocodiles around the world. Grades 2-5. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: AD970L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; Rei/DVD edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439903564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439903561
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 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: #1,764,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Did you know that there are crocodiles in the United States? If you said no, you are in good company because even Jim Arnosky didn't know that! There aren't many of them, but in the Everglades there are a few of them and they are very difficult to find. There are only about 2,000 crocodiles in the states and Jim and his wife Deanna thought they would go on their own counting expedition to see just how many they could find, but before they left they had to learn the difference between a crocodile and an alligator (he likes the "toothy smile" of the crocodile).

In this book you can travel on an alligator safari with the Arnoskys. The first ones they saw were in a "trash-filled mangrove creek." Jim called them Junkyard Dinosaurs. Then they saw one in a wildlife refuge on Sanibel Island. Jim didn't say, but I'm betting anything they saw that one at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, but that's another story . . . at any rate, the reader can learn all about the American crocodile on this safari.

The artwork just signals adventure and children can count crocodiles right along with Jim and Deanna. A surprise bonus is the DVD called "In Crocodile Country" tucked in the back of the book. In this short twenty-two minute film we can travel with Jim and listen to him talk about the American Crocodile. At the end will show you how to draw both an alligator and a crocodile. He says "It's always fun to draw." I think he loves to sing too because he has a new song for us on this DVD. Now I think it's always fun to hear Jim sing!
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I bought this book as a gift for my 6 year old grandson. He loved it. Good information and nice pictures.
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Just read this book and watched the dvd with my 2 children, ages 2 & 5. My 5 year old daughter was very hesitant to watch the dvd since she thought crocodiles were scary, but once we put it on, she loved it. When it was over she asked to immediately watch it again! My 2 year old son loved it as well. I wish more of his books came with dvd's because this was very well done, even with a cute guitar song at the end by Arnosky. It also shows how to draw crocodiles & other animals too, and really inspired us to do more drawing. I really loved the footage of so many animals: crabs, birds, fish, and of course, crocodiles. The book is also great with beautiful drawings. The text is a little lengthy for a 5 year old, but would be perfect for a 7+ year old... Overall, loved it!
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