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Lizards Weird and Wonderful
By Margery Facklam
Illustrator Alan Male
Publisher Little, Brown and Company

Lizards Weird and Wonderful is a great science picture book for those studying reptiles, lizards in particular. The combination of detailed, full page illustrations and well written, engaging text liberally sprinkled with fascinating facts about lizards is a sure winner with budding naturalists or herpetologists (scientists who study reptiles and amphibians).

Alan Male has truly illustrated the text of this book, not just drawn pictures of the lizards mentioned. His illustration of the marine iguana includes a Sally Lightfoot Crab that author Facklam tells us likes to eat the bits of shredding skin we see peeling off several of the iguanas.

Facklam busts a few myths that homeschool parents may unwittingly pass on to their kids. Chameleons don't change color just to blend in with their background, and salamanders are amphibians, not reptiles. When Facklam uses specialized vocabulary, she defines it within the text. This makes easier reading for youngsters not inclined to look up new words in a glossary. She's also included a handy chart listing the differences between snakes, lizards, and salamanders. Information is provided on 13 lizards in all. Many, like the glass snake, five-lined skink, and Gila monster, live in the United States.


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