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Rattlesnake Dance: True Tales, Mysteries, and Rattlesnake Ceremonies Paperback – February 1, 2000

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From School Library Journal

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
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 3^-6. While rock climbing at age nine, Dewey became one of the nearly 8,000 North Americans who are bitten each year by rattlesnakes. The experience is the most vivid of three personal encounters with rattlers and pit vipers that she recounts in this oversize book, which is handsomely illustrated with her colored pencil drawings. Also included are descriptions of a Hopi Indian snake ceremony and an unusual mock combat between two male rattlesnakes that gives the book its title. Interspersed among the narratives are illustrated sidebars that invite browsing with their miscellaneous facts and bits of folklore about these fascinating creatures. Michael Cart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563978776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563978777
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,678,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Lowery on August 5, 2008
While I like the information delivered in this book, especially the true story about the author being bitten by a prairie rattler, I found there was almost too much info delivered--this could have easily been 2 or 3 books. There are lots of facts about rattler, Hopi culture, and snakebites! The artwork is wonderful, with color pencils doing the presentation, giving a soft look to the images. I noticed an error on an otherwise lovely-rendered U.S. map--there's no Delaware! So a very nice book but overloaded with info.
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