Alligator or Crocodile?
How Do You Know?
How can you tell an alligator from a crocodile? It’s isn’t easy. Both animals are reptiles and they have similar lifestyles. But if you take a close look you can see how they are different. This fun, informative book provides all the tips and hints young readers will need to discover the differences between gators and crocs.
Behind the Book
“The idea for this series began with butterflies and moths, but it didn’t take long for gators and crocs to find a spot on my list of titles. These deadly reptiles look similar and they are closely related, so I know kids would be curious about how they are different.
"I read a lot about these animals in books and I spoke with scientists who study them, but my favorite part of the research was getting a close-up view of the crafty critters during a family trip to Florida.”
“This clever compare-and-contrast approach makes differences between often-confused creatures easy to understand and remember.”
The Horn Book Guide
What makes this series so outstanding is the excellent close-up photography. Readers can easily see the differences between the animals without being bogged down by overwhelming text. These high quality books would be a welcome addition to an elementary animal science collection. They will be appreciated by animal lovers browsing the collection and classroom teachers presenting a beginning lesson on animal biology. A creative language arts teacher might even employ these volumes in a unit on opposites/antonyms and synonyms, drawing parallels from the animal world.
Library Media Connection
“… a handy tool for elementary school teachers in a literacy class or in a science class … a very good choice for the elementary school library. The pictures are clear, the text is easy-to-read and the organization is impeccable. Teachers will find lots of uses for this series!”
—TriState Book Review Committee
Series at a Glance:
Which Animal is Which?
Alligator or Crocodile?   Butterfly or Moth?   Frog or Toad?
Insect or Spider?   Salamander or Lizard?   Shark or Dolphin?
Alligator or Crocodile? How Do You KNow?
by Melissa Stewart
Enslow, 2011
for Grades 1-3
ISBN 978-076603-677-2 (HC)
ISBN 978-159845-234-1 (PB)
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