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Title:
Outside and inside alligators
Author:
Markle, Sandra.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
Summary:
Describes the external and internal physical characteristics of alligators and how they find their food, mate, and raise their young.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
920 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.8 0.5 28231.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.5 3 Quiz: 20622.
ISBN:
9780689814570
Format :
Book

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Summary

How can an alligator swim swiftly with its short, stubby legs? How can it open its big mouth and grab prey underwater without getting water in its lungs? Why would an alligator guard a big mound of plants and mud?

"Outside and Inside Alligators" answers these questions and many others. With stunning color photographs of developing alligator babies as well as their huge parents and with clear, accessible text, Sandra Markle invites children to learn all about these unique and fascinating creatures.

Curious young readers will delight in this close look at alligators -- from the inside out!


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-5. The true nature of the often misunderstood alligator is revealed in this wide-ranging volume by a veteran children's science book writer. Information on where alligators live and how they mate, hunt, eat, and take care of their young is presented with dramatic, captioned photos. As the title suggests, the book includes views of the alligator's digestive and cardiovascular systems and pictures of various embryonic stages, which give children a real understanding of the animal's life. Lesser-known facts--how the eyes facilitate hunting, how the tongue enables fish to be swallowed whole--provide additional fascinating insight, and by taking us into the intimate world of a mother protecting her nest and gator babies climbing on their mom, Markle makes these animals seem less prehistoric and peculiar and more endearing. Along with a glossary, Markle provides a "Looking Back" section designed to help readers pull additional information from the text and photos. --Helen Rosenberg


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Beginning with an enthusiastic, "Alligators are amazing!," Markle drives home her point in this accessible and visually appealing introduction. Writing in the second person, she places the animals on a more immediate, personal level for readers as in the comment, "You have twenty-four back bones; an alligator has sixty-five." Large, full-color photographs abound, enhancing every page. Close-up pictures of the animal's stomach and its contents, along with other internal organs, have a certain gross appeal. They are offset by delightful photographs of hatchlings and a gator mom nose to nose with her baby. Unbroken by chapter divisions, the text will draw browsers and report writers alike. Phyllis Perry's Crocodilians (Watts, 1997) offers much the same information and includes habitat maps. Markle's appealing title won't sit on library shelves for long.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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