Crocodile Safari
by Jim Arnosky

Price at time of review: $22.99
40 pp.
Scholastic Inc.
New York, NY
ISBN: 978-0439903561

Grade Level: 3-5

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Whereas most Americans recognize the alligator, they seldom think about its crankier cousin, the crocodile. Once threatened and having a population as low as 300, the American crocodile is now becoming more common in the swamps of several southern states. The author invites us to join his adventures searching for the American crocodile in the deep marshes of Southern Florida.

Readers share the author's many days and night spent trying to locate these shy creatures. Simple yet accurate drawings help define the unique adaptations of and clear distinctions between the characteristics of alligators and crocodiles. The relation of the crocodile's return and the protection of its habitat provides an important lesson for readers.

Additional information, a song, and a supplementary DVD support the text. This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2010 will fascinate young readers and help them understand how these reptiles survived for millions of years while their distant cousins, the dinosaurs, disappeared from the Earth.

Review posted on 1/12/2010

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