From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3. A brief introduction to 12 different snakes ranging from the boa constrictor to the everglades rat snake. Close-up, full-color photographs set against stark white backgrounds allow readers to see the details of each reptile's body. A dramatic four-page foldout reveals a reticulated python. The text is sparse and the pictures are not labeled, making this title useless for school reports. However, for snake enthusiasts, it's an enjoyable book for browsing. Patricia Lauber's Snakes Are Hunters (HarperCollins, 1988) is a much better choice for general information. For more in-depth details on specific snakes, the "Snake Discovery Library" (Rourke) and the "Fangs! An Imagination Library" series (Gareth Stevens) are both superior choices.?Katherine Borchert, Arlington Central Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 4^-6. Whether children are drawn to snakes or repelled by them, this fascinating book provides a close-up look that is second only to what snake handlers at the zoo must experience. The imaginative creators of the book have used a stark white box as a background for some spectacular life-size photographs of 12 varieties of snakes, including a four-panel foldout of a reticulated python. Text containing very basic information about each snake sweeps around and inside the reptiles' coils, with the font varying in size from large to very small (too small at times) to enhance the effect. The last page is a collage of the photos reduced in size and a few more statistics. Although the information is sparse, the book will be a useful supplemental resource for reports, and what the text lacks in substance is easily made up for by the gloriously detailed photographs. Helen Rosenberg