Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Boa Constrictors: Prey-Crushing Reptiles by Rebecca E. Hirsch -OPTIONAL

Hirsch, Rebecca E. Boa Constrictors: Prey-Crushing Reptiles 32 pgs. Lerner, 2016. $25.00 NON-FICTION
This book provide information about Boa Constrictors while comparing it to a wide variety of other reptiles like the Blue-Tongued skink, Malagasy Chameleon, and the Brown Tree Snake. It features clear and concise facts, stellar photograph image choices as well as bright and varied font and text boxes.
At a glance this is an appealing and interesting book about Boa Constrictors, but like other books in this series, it gets a bit convoluted and confusing as the comparisons start. I actually strongly dislike this Comparing Animal Traits series by Lerner. Don’t get me wrong, the author tried to make things very clear, but the idea behind the series is not my favorite. I realize students are required to compare animal traits as part of curriculum but I think there are better ways to do that such as the book: And the Winner is….Amazing Animal Athletes by Etta Kaner. I just wanted this book to be about Boa Constrictors!
EL(K-3), EL –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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