Do you know the difference between alligators and crocodiles...?
Alligators and crocodiles are the world's largest reptiles and the closest living relatives of dinosaurs. In this extremely interesting nonfiction picture book, Gibbons compares the two reptiles by giving facts about boththeir physical differences, what they eat, where they are found, how fast they swim how they raise their young, and more.
Kids will want to read this book again and again to learn all about these crocodilians that have been around for millions of years. A great read-alound for the interested child or non-fiction resource for older children.
Drawings are labeled throughout with additional information.
About the Author
According to The Washington Post, Gail Gibbons "has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." Ms. Gibbons has published more than 100 informational titles, including the bestselling titles From Seed to Plant and Monarch Butterfly, all fully vetted by experts. Her many honors include the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award and the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book Award.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
(easy, non-fiction, Louisiana) This is a well presented visual non fiction book on the differences and similarities between alligators and crocodiles. 'The geographic and linguistic origin of the reptiles are discussed ,as well as the alligator skin industry and habitat preservation. It is a very thorough investigation into the topic for a children's book. The facts are interpreted effectively through the use of labeled colorful diagrams. The end of the book supplies a supplemental page with interesting facts and figures on alligators and crocodiles along with an additional website option. This book would be good to introduce any units on swamps, reptiles, Louisiana, Florida, alligators, crocodiles or even wildlife preservation.
This is one of Gail Gibbons' best books. The narrative is informative and compelling; illustrations are accurate and animated; definitions are imbedded in the illustrations; maps, diagrams, and "sound bite" facts supplement the text throughout. Most importantly, the text does not talk "down" to young children-- this text is informative for anyone interested in the topic. Young readers, such as my 3-year-old son, will be drawn to the colorful illustrations. I was also impressed by the sophisticated level of comparisons (alligators vs. crocodiles) throughout the text. This book is a great addition to any elementary classroom or library. This book would have received 5 stars if it only it contained a "source page" (bibliographical references)in the back (curiously and unnecessarily absent).