Synopses & Reviews
Meet Earth's largest living reptile. Crocodile-like animals lived on Earth more than two hundred million years ago. They outlived the dinosaurs. Today their descendants are found on five continents. They belong to a special group of reptiles called crocodilians. These animals are strange and wonderful indeed. For example, ferocious-looking mother alligators treat their hatchlings with tender care. Crocodilians may seem awkward on land, but they can move quickly. Usually they wait and watch from the water, then ambush their prey. From baby alligators that call to "Mom" from inside their eggs to grown alligators and crocodiles that bellow and roar, Laurence Pringle takes readers into the world of nature's largestand noisiestliving reptiles. Bold, realistic illustrations by Meryl Henderson show every crocodilian species as well as details of their bodies and fascinating behavior.
"These illustrations are drawn and colored in such clear, precise detail that young students may prefer them to the photographs in such otherwise similar titles. . . ."--Booklist
"Pringle offers facts about crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gharials' similarities and differences in size, behavior, and habitat in an engaging, friendly manner. Henderson's detailed, realistic-looking watercolors complement the text."--Horn Book
Meet Earth's largest living reptiles. Crocodile -like animals lived on Earth more than two hundred million years ago.
About the Author
is the recipient of three major awards for his body of work in writing about science--the Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Literature, the Washington Post--Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lives in West Nyack, New York.
Meryl Henderson has illustrated many magazine stories and books for children, including Penguins! Strange and Wonderful and other books in the Strange and Wonderful series. She lives in upstate New York.