A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teaches numerous facts about snakes from around the world, as well as fun snake-associated terms and how to identify snakes by their patterns.
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.
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.
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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."
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.
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