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Why do snakes hiss? : and other questions about snakes, lizards, and turtles
Holub, Joan.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
46 pages: illustrations ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
730 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 82333.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.2 2 Quiz: 38190.
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QL644.2 .H658 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Readers
QL644.2 .H658 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Readers

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They're in the air, on the ground, and even in our backyards and Houses--birds, snakes, lizards, and turtles. These two fun and fact-packed books provide interesting and useful information about the history, characteristics, and behavior of these animals. Ideal for school reports and projects or on-your-own reading, each book includes dozens of full-color photographs and drawing--and surprising insights into bird-y singing and snake-y hissing!

Author Notes

Author Joan Holub graduated from college in Texas with a fine arts degree. She illustrated her first published children's book in 1992 and began illustrating full time, shortly thereafter. She sold her first two manuscripts in 1996 and has since become a full time author. She has written and/or illustrated over 130 children's books, including the Goddess Girls and Heroes in Training Series. Her title Mighty Dads, illustrated by James Dean, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Reviewed with Joan Holub's Why Do Birds Sing?0 Gr. 1-2. From the Dial Easy-to-Read series, these books offer information and advice organized in question-and-answer format. Each book poses a series of queries and answers them on single pages and double-page spreads. Occasionally a question such as "What unusual things can lizards do?" leads to an answer that strings sentences together with little transition or connection beyond the broader topic. Other sections read more smoothly. Though the books begin and end with references to reptiles or birds as pets, their cataloging in the 500s reflects their emphasis on the animals' physical characteristics and behavior rather than their care. Birds0 considers matters such as feathers, diet, and nesting. Snakes0 looks at the attributes of lizards and turtles as well as snakes. The photos and attractive ink drawings with color washes that come two to three to a page result in a colorful presentation with illustrations in different styles from many sources. Not essential, but these attractive books could hook kids. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Holub starts each of these series entries with a broad view of the featured animals and answers questions such as "How many different kinds of birds are there?" and "How do snakes move?" After addressing general questions, the author poses some inquiries for potential pet owners. "Are pet birds easy to take care of?" and "What should I know before getting a pet reptile?" Both books have interesting color photographs and illustrations; bright, colorful headings for the questions; and parenthetical pronunciation guides. The writing style is lively and informative. Like Julia Barnes's 101 Facts about Terrarium Pets (Gareth Stevens, 2002) and Angela Wilkes's Birds (Kingfisher, 2002), these attractive easy-readers are sure to be in constant circulation.-Heather Ver Voort, Washington West Elementary, Olean, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.