by Seymour Simon

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Exceptional nonfiction for children from two of the most trusted names in science education: Seymour Simon and the Smithsonian Institution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061140952
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 03/13/2007
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 587,759
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Seymour Simon has been called “the dean of the [children’s science book] field” by the New York Times. He has written more than 300 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Columbia County in Upstate New York. You can visit him online at, where students can post on the “Seymour Science Blog” and educators can download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Join the growing legion of @seymoursimon fans on Twitter!

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Snakes 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
tobyone More than 1 year ago
Great pictures. Needs to have info about each snake collected with the picture. Writing too wordy,format too dense for intent of book -- I assume 2-4th grade? -- and not enough herpetological info given, I bought this for my 9-year-old grandaughter, who is very interested in snakes, and she glanced through it and set it aside. Tobyone
nzfj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Library Thing Part E Survey BookSimon, Seymour. Snakes. New York: Smithsonian/Collins, 2007. Print. ¿The purpose of a survey book is to give an overall view of a substantial topic and to furnish a representative sampling of facts, principles, or issues¿(Kiefer 513). Seymour Simon¿s Snakes, a Smithsonian publication fulfills the above definition for his survey book on Snakes. His book is definitely accurate and authentic information has been presented; based on his previous accomplishments. He has been the recipient of the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books and several others. Smithsonian Institution has been promoting research and science since 1846 and if they are to publish work, its content and perspective is definitely fostering the spirit of inquiry. The information is presented clearly in very readable print, and concept words are in bold print with comfortable spacing between sentences. The audience intended for this title is 5yrs to 9yrs. However the 15 breathtaking close- up shots of 15 different snakes in the wild, are definitely eye catchers, for any casual passer ¿by; you can¿t just walk by and not open this book. The front cover is black background with an orange emerald tree boa coiled and head angled just so his green eye is staring at you; almost gives a 3D feel. There is not a table of content but instead there is the Smithsonian mission statement page, and then the snake photos begin. The text says twenty-nine hundred different kinds of snakes exist in the world and only fifty of these are really dangerous to humans. After these initial striking facts, each, of the following 14 pages, with text, provides characteristics of the various snake families. Their predators and their prey, movement, digestion, reptile characteristics, habitats and where and which families live in the United States, Australia, and India are all discussed with précis language and specific detail. The last two pages contain a short but helpful glossary and a complete index. There is also a ¿Read More About It¿ section that gives 4 websites and 2 other books are suggested as further reading. I definitely like this book and believe several copies should be available in a school library. Curriculum connection is science and language arts elementary to middle school.
MDLady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My students really got a kick out of some of the pictures. I learned a few things too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago