Slithery Snakes

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Creepy, fun book about snakes is chock-full of facts.

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Educational Value

Teaches numerous facts about snakes from around the world, as well as fun snake-associated terms and how to identify snakes by their patterns.

Positive Messages

Snakes are scary but also beautiful. Learning about the functional design of snakes, and the qualities that help ensure their survival, can demystify these creatures.

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Violence & Scariness

Although nothing in the book depicts specific violence or scary situations, many young kids will find some facts here, such as the way a snake can unhinge its jaws, a little creepy. Many people of all ages have a snake phobia, so the subject alone can be frightening for them.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Slithery Snakes imparts facts, both fun and creepy, about these creatures. Parents should be prepared to assuage new fears that might crop up when kids learn, for instance, that snakes "can open their mouths extra wide to eat big creatures."

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What's the story?

Do snakes deserve their vile reputations, or are they beautiful and misunderstood? Perhaps both. SLITHERY SNAKES lets readers view a variety of snakes from around the world from the safe distance of its colorful illustrations and learn about their patterns, habitats, habits, prey, and predilections.

Is it any good?

Slithery Snakes is a fascinating, fact-loaded book about some of the creepiest crawlies around. It's chock-full of facts, which can help demystify the terror.

Kids who like science and creepy crawlies will be fascinated to learn why snakes eat mice headfirst (don't ask) or the details about cobras, rattlesnakes, and vipers. Parents can get in on the fun of predator voyeurism from the comfort of home. The beautiful illustrations, rendered in India and colored ink, are a big plus, bringing an appealing vibe that's more art class than science lab.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about snakes and why people find them so interesting. Do you know any stories about snakes? Are they scary or fun?

  • Have you ever seen a snake in the wild? What happened? What did you do?


  • Do you know what to do if you come into contact with a snake? Go online to learn more about snake safety and preventing snake bites.

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For kids who love science and nature

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