Nic Bishop Lizards

Nic Bishop Lizards

Book - 2010
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One hundred and fifty million years ago, dinosaurs were the biggest reptiles to walk on earth. But another amazing group of reptiles has been around just as long-and they're not extinct! Smaller than dinosaurs, and a bit less scary, lizards lead lives that are full of surprises. Join Sibert Honor author, photographer, and biologist Nic Bishop as he introduces young readers to the beauty and diversity of these amazing animals with breathtaking full-page images, including a double-gatefold spread. Nic's simple, engaging text presents both basic information and fun, quirky facts about lizards' appearance, habits, and life cycle, while his eye-catching photographs are sure toenchant readers of all ages. An index and glossary are included at the end of the book.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic, c2010
ISBN: 9780545206341
Branch Call Number: J595.95 Bi
Characteristics: 48p. : ill
Alternative Title: Lizards

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SPL_Childrens May 16, 2012

Children are inherently interested in animals, and some of the most fascinating for children are the many types of lizards found around the world.
Nic Bishop’s book, full of eye-catching, close-up photography and captivating detail, reveals that lizards can be some of the trickiest, sneakiest animals in the world.
The chameleon, for example, has the ability to change colour in order to blend in with its surroundings and hide. This extraordinary little creature also has eyes that can magnify and a sticky tongue that stretches almost 30 centimetres to grab its prey. Some types of geckos also use camouflage. Coloured exactly like the leaves, twigs or bark on which they climb and sleep, they are invisible to would-be predators. The frilled lizard uses trickery in a different way: it sports a lar.ge ruffle of skin around its head that pops open like an umbrella to startle nearby predators.
Lizards come in many shapes and sizes. The diminutive dwarf gecko is so light that it can be caught in a spider’s web. On the other hand, the Komodo dragon – the world’s biggest lizard and largest venomous animal – is sizeable enough to eat deer, goats and pigs.
Surprisingly, some lizards are able to fly. The tiny Flying dragon of Southeast Asia travels between trees by gliding, using flaps of skin which act like wings. To avoid predators, flying dragons never land on the ground except to lay their eggs.
Many lizards can swim - another way in which they can evade predators. In fact, some lizards can stay underwater for an hour.
Author Nic Bishop writes/ that some lizards are ultimate survivors. The gila lizard, for instance, can stay alive underground for several years in a hibernating state when the desert becomes too dry, emerging only when an adequate amount of rain has fallen.
The fascinating photographs and detail in this book about the amazing world of lizards will definitely entice, draw in and keep the interest of young readers. An added plus is the author-photographer’s explanation at the end of the book of the methods in which various types of lizards were photographed, with a link to further details.

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SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10

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