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Reptiles and Amphibians


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by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu
This is the inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-year-old giant tortoise named Mzee (Mm-ZAY). When Owen was stranded after the December 2004 tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart.

by Kurt Cyrus
Rex is a tiny tadpole who can't wait to grow up and be big like everybody else. Unfortunately for Rex, he lives in a prehistoric swamp... and everybody else is a gigantic dinosaur. With a little time -- and a lot of patience -- Rex does grow, gaining arms and legs and, most importantly, a personality big enough to take on even the mightiest of his neighbors. This book includes a note from the author about metamorphosis, prehistoric frogs, and the environmental challenges frogs face today.

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by Nicola Davies
Far, far out at sea lives one of the world's most mysterious creatures, the loggerhead turtle. For thirty years she swims the oceans, wandering thousands of miles as she searches for food. Then, one summer night, she lands on a beach to lay her eggs -- the very same beach where she herself was born. Nicola Davies's lyrical text offers fascinating information about the journey of the tiny, endangered loggerhead, while charming paintings by Jane Chapman vividly illustrate one turtle's odyssey.

by Tim Halliday, Mark O'Shea
A systematic approach, authoritative text, and clear photographs make the Smithsonian Handbook of Reptiles and Amphibians a comprehensive and easy-to-use pocket guide to the reptiles and amphibians of the world. Packed with more than 600 color photographs of more than 400 species, this handbook is designed to enable you to recognize each species quickly and easily. Expertly written, each entry combines a precise description with fully annotated photographs to highlight the chief characteristics and distinguishing features of each species. Part of the Smithsonian Handbooks series.

by Editors of Time for Kids
The large, dramatic photographs of a variety of snakes and a brief fact-filled text in this book will fascinate young readers. Time For Kids: Snakes! includes varied sentence structure and paragraphs, challenging vocabulary presented in a clear context, and detailed diagrams, captions, fact boxes, and interviews with experts. Special features are "How Big?," "Take a Close Look," "Did You Know?," "Words to Know," and "Fun Facts." Also included: 27 full-color photographs as well as a full-page, labeled diagram showing body parts. Part of the Time for Kids series.

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