Reviews for Geckos

Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 March/April
These titles offer emergent readers the opportunity to satisfy their curiosity for slithering, scaly, and tongue-snapping reptiles. With very simple text, colorful photographs, and well-designed format, each book provides younger readers with the ability to begin learning how information books are organized while finding fun facts on these unique and always-interesting reptiles. Special features include a note to parents and teachers, an extended glossary of definitions of terms used within the text, a locator map of where to find these reptiles, an illustrated life cycle chart, and a list of safe websites to learn more. While each photograph showcases the reptile's special features, any photos of the reptile chomping on unlucky prey might be shocking to younger readers who are just discovering the truth about the circle of life. This series would be an excellent addition for librarians seeking to provide early readers with information books that they can easily master while providin them with just enough content to satisfy their curiosity. Table of Contents. Index. Recommended. Shonda Brisco, Curriculum Materials Librarian, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 November

Gr 1-3-The reptiles in this series, some of which are kept as pets, are explored and photographed in their natural, exotic habitats. The books provide rudimentary introductions to the creatures through spreads that feature one or two simply written sentences opposite a full-page photograph. Geckos, for instance, describes the lizards as making a "squeaky noise" and having "sticky toes." Gila Monsters informs readers that the creature's bite is poisonous and that it can have a 20-year lifespan. Each title includes a range map. Some graphic photos are included, such as one in Chameleons that shows the creature swallowing another lizard, and another in Horned Lizards that depicts the animal after it has shot blood from its eyes as a defense. Though the photographs are well reproduced, the titles have a muted appearance and an old-fashioned layout. Extras in each book include a "Life Cycle" illustration and a recommendation to use the publisher's Fact Hound Web site, which offers related Internet resources. Readers may be drawn to this series to learn more about uncommon reptiles, but the books lack visual appeal.

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