Sunday, June 21, 2020

Snakes for Kids: A Junior Scientist's Guide to Venom, Scales, and Life in the Wild

Snakes for Kids is a science based accessible guide to snakes and basic herpetology by Michael G. Starkey, educator and conservationist. Released 16th June 2020 by Callisto on their Rockridge Press imprint, it's 79 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free. 

The first section of the book introduces snakes as a general family; their common characteristics, behaviors, and classification. The second part of the book contains a good accessible and very colorful primer of specific snake species. Each entry includes a common name, the genus and species names, a helpful pronunciation guide, a color illustration, and a stat sheet for each one with range, habitat, size, habits, breeding, and other interesting facts. 

This is a science based factual guide aimed mostly at youngsters. I found it quite appealing and would definitely recommend it for the home or school library or a nice gift for an interested youngster. To appreciate and protect the future of our planet, young people have to learn to appreciate and love the creatures with whom we share the earth. A lot of ignorance and fear can be dispelled with calm and factual information. This book shows snakes in their habitats as interesting and worthy of our respect and protection. 

Five stars. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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