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Snakes and such
Silverstein, Alvin.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Discusses the positive and negative aspects of keeping such creatures as boas and pythons, chameleons, iguanas, turtles, frogs, and salamanders as pets.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.5 2.0 28876.
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Central Library SF459.R4 S55 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
East Aurora Library SF459.R4 S55 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Elma Library SF459.R4 S55 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library SF459.R4 S55 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library SF459.R4 S55 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Is a potbellied pig a good pet? How about a llama? Readers will learn the background of these animals and how one animal might be a good pet for where they live, while another might not.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. Tired of the same old pet choices? The What a Pet! series looks at animals that aren't the usual possibilities. The "such" in Snakes and Such includes chameleons, geckos, iguanas, and the more commonplace frogs and toads, among others. Pet looks at even more exotic choices: pig, coatimundi, sugar glider, and armadillo. As one would expect from the Silversteins, the text is very cogent and lively. But considering the theme of the series, it is surprising how often the authors warn against having unusual pets. For instance, Pet makes most of the animals seem engaging and workable as pets, yet the last chapter says, "Reading about the unusual animals described [here] has probably left you with some important thoughts: Most of them would be better off left in the wild; keeping any of them as pets is challenging and demanding; with a very few exceptions they are not good choices as pets." Actually, except for the second point, kids may come away with just the opposite idea. Still, it is unlikely many children will be taking these animals home anyway, so what they will enjoy is learning about them and looking at the crisp, inviting pictures that expand the text. Lots of Internet sites make the books seem very current. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Two volumes in a series designed to aid parents and children in choosing family pets from a wide variety of critters from miniature horses to water dragons. The first title covers such exotic creatures as armadillos, ferrets, llamas, monkeys, potbellied pigs, and sugar gliders. The second includes reptiles and amphibians such as snakes, chameleons, geckos, iguanas, turtles, frogs, and salamanders. The authors present the facts in an orderly, informative, and dispassionate manner, devoting four pages to each pet. A "Fast Facts" box, imposed on a full-color photo of the creature, gives its scientific name along with cost, food, housing, and training requirements. Also included is data on size, general temperaments, and life spans, plus a wide assortment of Web sites (and a few book titles) for further reference. These are not pet-care manuals, but rather selection tools to assist in educated decision making and prevent imperfect pairings. Useful and readable, if not essential.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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