Humans have always been frightened ofand intrigued byalligators and crocodiles. With her acclaimed style combining accessible text and detailed pictures, Gail Gibbons shares fascinating facts about these magnificent cold-blooded reptiles: how they live, how they hunt, and the differences between them.
"This is a colorful introduction to a pair of reptiles . . . with some toothsome eye-candy on the cover."School Library Journal
"[Gibbons] has chosen facts that will engage her readers, organized the information logically, and presented it in straightforward exposition.Booklist
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).