With over 40 photographs and cool facts about snakes, Corwin's contributions to the ““All Aboard Reading”” series are to be applauded. In Snakes, independent readers aged 6––8 can drift from Spitting Cobras to Black Mambas, learning about adaptations that range from spraying venom more than 10 feet to grabbing bats and birds right out of the air.
In The Extraordinary Everglades, Corwin guides us through the ““watery wilderness”” from the inland wet prairies and pinelands to the coastal brackish mangrove swamps and out to Florida Bay. Throughout the tour, he highlights plants and animals that make up this protected area, from the endangered Florida Panther to the non-native Burmese python. Ecological concepts are discussed in simple terms that make complex ideas such as human interference with wilderness approachable to younger children.
Corwin draws readers in with his enthusiasm about the animals and then backs it up with photographs on every page. Vocabulary words are italicized and defined within the context of the sentence, making for quick and easy understanding. These would be great read-aloud books for curious 3- to 5-year-olds or introductory ecology books for older students learning how to read English.