Slithery Snakes

illus. by author. 40p. further reading. glossary. websites. Amazon/Two Lions. 2013. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9781477816585.
Gr 2–4—Floating on a colorful, realistic, double-page painting of patterned skin, a black text box offers clues to the snake's identity, and it is up to readers to name the species. Fortunately for unfledged herpetologists, the following spread presents the entire snake in full color, carefully placed in its habitat. Each bright revelation is accompanied by a more detailed paragraph of information. The nine species range from the familiar (the coast garter snake) to the expected (the eastern diamondback rattlesnake) to the exotic (Schinz's beaked snake). Accompanying this colorful array is an introductory page of "Fun Snake Facts," another discussing snakes in general, a glossary of "Fun Snake Words," and a brief list of adult titles. Team this with Laurence Pringle's nifty Snakes!: Strange and Wonderful (Boyds Mills, 2004) and/or Gail Gibbons's exuberant Snakes (Holiday House, 2007) for a session of scaly speculation. —Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Munro's detailed illustrations effectively convey the patterns of various snake species. Readers are invited to guess species, such as boas, rattlers, and cobras, from extreme close-ups of their colorful scales and some basic facts as clues; turn the page to find a view of each snake in its environment, along with information about its reproductive, behavioral, and feeding habits. Reading list, websites. Glos.

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