Wednesday, September 26, 2018

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: The Lizard Lady/Dear Komodo Dragon


ABOUT THE BOOK

Join the Lizard Lady as she cuts her way through thick Caribbean forests searching for critically endangered St. Croix ground lizards. Hunted to extinction on the island of St. Croix by invasive species brought by colonizing farmers, these lizards are now only found on surrounding islands in the US Virgin Islands. Readers learn that scientists can be women and that the day in a life of a scientist can be anything but boring. Co-author Nicole F. Angeli IS the Lizard Lady--can she help save these animals?

REVIEW

This brief book takes a look at the scientific work of Dr. Nicole Angeli as she strives to help save the endangered St. Croix ground lizards.  Dr. Angeli is one of the co-authors of the book and adds a legitimacy to the story.  This narrative nonfiction gives young readers a glimpse into what it's like to be a field scientist and the importance of what they do.  The story follows Dr. Angeli as she searches for a lizard, finds one, and gathers data about it to help her studies.  As with other Arbordale titles, this book contains suggested activities and additional information at the end of the book, making it especially useful for teaching and families that like to extend their reading.  


ABOUT THE BOOK


Lots of children have pen pals but one little girl has a real-life dragon—a Komodo dragon—for a pen pal! Leslie plans to be a dragon hunter when she grows up. When she and Komodo become pen pals, the wise-cracking dragon adds a generous helping of humor to letters that are chock full of accurate, interesting facts. Leslie learns not only about the world’s largest lizard, but also about the dangers they face. As their friendship builds, will Leslie change the way she thinks about dragons?

REVIEW

This book shares information about komodo dragons in a rather unusual way.  A girl corresponds with a komodo dragon through letters.  And through the letters the komodo dragon tells the girl about himself and how he lives.  This makes for an imaginative presentation of information in a fictional format.  The illustrations are charming and relatively accurate for a komodo dragon writing letters.  There are several activities included at the end of the book for extended interaction with the book and it's information.  Additional resources can be found at the publisher's website.

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