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Reptiles    by Mark Hutchinson order for
by Mark Hutchinson
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2011 (2011)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Part of the Insiders series, this book is filled with information about crocodilians, lizards, snakes and tortoises and turtles.

The opening two chapters are quite general and look at reptiles past and present and their shared features. Then it is on to a more detailed look at specific reptiles, like the Nile Crocodile, Regal Horned Lizard, Burmese Python and Hawksbill Turtle. These are just a few of the actual reptiles, to which the author devotes a two page spread.

One large color illustration dominates each spread along with a series of smaller, more detailed pictures. For example, the Tokay Gecko spread features a picture of the gecko's eggs and its toes plus other small illustrations of its size in relation to a human hand, a microscopic look at the hairs on its toes, and a photo of how it blends into its natural environment. Each selection also features a small world map that shows where the reptile can be found.

One cautionary note: Although this is an excellent book, I think it should be used only with mature readers. It is intended for youngsters eight years of age and older. Some of the large 3-D illustrations can be a little scary, especially the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake and the crocodile, and therefore this book may not be appropriate for younger children.

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