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YOUR SAFARI DRAGONS: In search of the Real Komodo Dragon (Your Safari series)

Author: Julia Truscott

Illustrator: Daniel White

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Publisher: WingSpan Press,

Material: paperback

Summary: With photos and illustrations, the authors provide information about the habitats, characteristics, mythology, and threats to the Komodo dragon species. This is a picture and informational book that documents the lives of the rare Komodo dragons.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This is a very informational and accurate reference to the rare Komodo dragon. It provides very concise explanations of the habits, diet, homes, techniques, lifestyles, and body parts of the Komodo dragon. This book will definitely be entertaining and educational yet also influential to readers of absolutely all ages!

Adult Reader Reaction: The format is less a story than a series of photo-driven fact sheets. The material is presented in such a way that you can almost hear a voice-over for a nature show when you read.

Pros: The pictures, diagrams, and maps make it easier to visualize and understand all the information the authors provide.

Cons: Parents may want to prescreen the dragon attack stories when reading with young children.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The material, while useful in conveying information, isn't in a format that lends itself to lots of readings.

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Educational Themes: Whether you're teaching biology, ecology, or science, there is information you can use in this book.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, nature, animals, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2005

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