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Recommendations for My first book of Southern African snakes and other reptiles
Authors: Bill Branch; Sally MacLarty
Cape Town, South Africa 2007
Softcover, 21x28 cm, 64 pages, throughout illustrated, English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa
Children are both fascinated by, and afraid of, snakes and other reptiles, making them a receptive market for this topic. My First Book of Southern African Snakes and Other Reptiles introduces 56 different species, with accurate, full-colour illustrations accompanied by concise text and simple graphics that depict where the reptile lives, what it eats, how it reproduces, and how big it is when fully grown.
In addition to snakes, the book also features lizards, geckos, skinks, tortoises and turtles – of all shapes and sizes, some dangerous and to be treated with caution, others harmless, some rare, and all part of the fragile chain of life.
The clear text is geared for young readers (aged 3–8); parallel translations make this book suitable for mother-tongue learners in four official languages, as well as for older children and adults wanting to improve their knowledge of a second or third language.