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After A While Crocodile.For a chance to win please be sure to share, leave your name and email address and let me know if you like reptiles and why. If you don't let me know why.
After A While Crocodile
Dr. Brady Barr and Jennifer Keats Curtis
In Costa Rica, there is a special program for school children who live in a rural area. This program allows children who live near rivers to raise American crocodiles. This is a education and conservation project. Alexa, a young girl at the school, names her crocodile Jefe which means boss in Spanish. She writes about his growth and eating habits. She also writes about her school, and the different types of crocodiles she’s learned about. Colorful photos of the crocodiles hatching, Alexa, and the Rangers are found throughout the pages along with other illustrations. Readers will be engaged as they learn all about crocodiles. Readers will also learn tidbits about raccoons, lizards and a few other peculiar animals. Readers will also learn words in Spanish as they read the diary of Alexa. The back of the book has a Creative Minds section which has fun facts, Croc Conservation and even a section on Dr. Brady Barr. Parents and teachers can open up dialogue with kids and discuss why crocodiles might make a good pet or perhaps not.
Picture a large lizard that has big yellow eyes, white skin covered in bright orange spots and a red slimy tongue sticking out of its mouth. How about a snake that is a dark peach color with shiny grey eyes and skin that looks like it could be a dragon? These are a few of the reptile’s readers will find in brilliant photos that are up close and personal. Readers will learn words like oviparous, ovoviviparous and viviparous. Reptiles come in an array of beautiful colors. Some even have spiked exteriors to protect them from predators. The Leaf Chameleon is small and looks just like a little brown leaf. The Tuatara has a third eye on its forehead which helps the reptile judge seasonal changes. There are lots of fun facts readers can learn about reptiles on every page. There are categories that cover dancing lizards, tongue slingers, most deaths by bite and even jaws of steel. There is also a myth vs. fact section that shares information about whether or not snakes are slimy. They may look it but they are not. The back pages show Brady Barr holding a giant crocodile and the story behind its capture. The Afterword shares an article about a reptile’s deadly venom. A quiz on Herpetology which tests what readers have learned. Parents and teachers will love sharing this awesome guide to reptiles and their habitats.