Snakes and The Extraordinary Everglades (All Aboard Reading Series).
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Cowles, Elizabeth
Pub Date: 01/01/2011
Publication: Name: The American Biology Teacher Publisher: National Association of Biology Teachers Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Biological sciences; Education Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 National Association of Biology Teachers ISSN: 0002-7685
Issue: Date: Jan, 2011 Source Volume: 73 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Snakes and The Extraordinary Everglades: All Aboard Reading Series (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Corwin, Jeff
Accession Number: 259466258
Full Text: Snakes and The Extraordinary Everglades (All Aboard Reading Series). By Jeff Corwin. 2009, 2010. Grosset & Dunlap (ISBN 9780448451770, 9780448451763). 48 pp. Paperback. $3.99. Ages 6-8.

With over 40 photographs and cool facts about snakes, Corwin's contributions to the "All Aboard Reading" series are to be applauded. In Snakes, independent readers aged 6-8 can drift from Spitting Cobras to Black Mambas, learning about adaptations that range from spraying venom more than 10 feet to grabbing bats and birds right out of the air.

In The Extraordinary Everglades, Corwin guides us through the "watery wilderness" from the inland wet prairies and pinelands to the coastal brackish mangrove swamps and out to Florida Bay. Throughout the tour, he highlights plants and animals that make up this protected area, from the endangered Florida Panther to the non-native Burmese python. Ecological concepts are discussed in simple terms that make complex ideas such as human interference with wilderness approachable to younger children.

Corwin draws readers in with his enthusiasm about the animals and then backs it up with photographs on every page. Vocabulary words are italicized and defined within the context of the sentence, making for quick and easy understanding. These would be great read-aloud books for curious 3- to 5-year-olds or introductory ecology books for older students learning how to read English.

DOI: 10.1525/abt.2011.73.1.11


ELIZABETH COWLES leaches freshman biology, biochemistry, and entomology at Eastern Connecticut State University. She has taught at the undergraduate and graduate college levels for over 20 years. Her interests include insect toxicology, protein characterization, and astrobiology. Cowles holds degrees in biology and biochemistry from Cornell University and Michigan State University. Her address is Department of Biology, ECSU, 83 Windham St., Willimantic, CT 06226; e-mail:
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