Alligators and Crocodiles
Alligators and Crocodiles

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Annotation: Provides information about alligators and crocodiles, including their differences and how they live, mate, and raise their young.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #43139
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 31 pages
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8234-2234-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-41879-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8234-2234-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-41879-0
Dewey: 597.980973
LCCN: 2009030293
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This addition to Gibbons' extensive shelf of topic books draws young readers into the world of alligators and crocodiles by first asking readers to distinguish between them. She describes the physical similarities and differences between the two most common species of the world's largest reptiles, as well as their habitats, habits, prey, locomotion, senses, communication, mating and nesting behavior, and status as endangered species. The author has chosen facts that will engage her readers, organized the information logically, and presented it in straightforward exposition. Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations show both species in their likely environment. Labels are plentiful and unfamiliar terms are explained in context. Two maps show where the species can be found around the world and where they coexist in the southern United States. While Gibbons' drawings don't have the fidelity of those of some other nature artists, the plants and animals surrounding these intriguing animals are generally recognizable. Additional factoids and a Web site suggestion for further research complete the package.
Kirkus Reviews
Gibbons's latest addresses the similarities and differences between two reptiles commonly confused by adults and children alike. Through clear, concise text, diagrams, maps, close-ups and lots of side-by-side comparisons, the author clearly delineates the characteristics that differentiate these two groups. For instance, when their mouths are closed, alligators show only their top teeth, while in crocodiles both the top and bottom teeth extend. Covering their history, geographic areas, body structure, habitat, diet, adaptations, communication, mating, child rearing and threats to survival, this is a comprehensive but accessible look at crocodilians. The prolific author's signature watercolor-and-ink artwork complements the text, supporting readers in learning the differences between alligators and crocodiles and allowing them opportunities to practice identification. As in her other books, the author eschews a glossary in favor of short definitions on the same page on which the word appears. Similarly, a pronunciation guide follows difficult words as they are introduced. Backmatter includes a page of additional facts and a web address. (Informational picture book. 4-9)
School Library Journal
Gr 35 Gibbons's signature artwork splashes across the pages of this competent look at crocodilians. While indicating that there are 14 species of crocs and 2 of gators, the author focuses mainly on the American alligator and the American crocodile, disparate cousins that share a geographical environment (with the crocs mainly hugging southern Florida and the Keys). Gibbons discusses anatomical differences and similarities, mobility, hunting techniques, nest building, and parenting in her brief, readable text, using illustrations and diagrams to drive home her points. She closes with a plea for the conservation of these relics from the days of the dinosaurs and an extra page of saurian factoids. Simpler than Lisa Bullard's What's the Difference Between an Alligator and a Crocodile? (Picture Window) or Laurence Pringle's Alligators and Crocodiles!: Strange and Wonderful (Boyds Mills, both 2009), this is a colorful introduction to a pair of reptiles in our Southern states, with some toothy eye-candy on the cover. Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 1,535
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 136735 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.6 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q49490
Lexile: AD860L

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 both--their 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.

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