April 8, 2013
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Hatchlings by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Hatchlings:
A Guide for Crocodilian Parents (and Curious Kids)
by Bridget Heos,
illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
Whether you are a crocodilian parent or a reptile loving kid, this book offers up a lot of information in a humorous Question and Answer format that is a take off on What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Heos covers everything from where the nests are located, threats to the eggs and development within the egg itself, to how the young reptiles hatch, whether or not the adult reptiles parent and how old the young are when they strike out on their own.
Even if you know a good bit about crocodiles or alligators, chances are that you are going to learn something new since this book also contains caiman and gharial facts and even mentions muggers, which were completely new to me.
The facts come from the text with Stephane Jorisch’s illustrations providing additional humor with love struck google-eyed crocs and crocs wearing a variety of outfits suitable to what ever task they are undertaking in this particular illustration.
Curious kids will benefit from the listing of web sites and books for further reading. Offer this book up to your reluctant reader who can satisfy his curiosity with one question or four before taking a break. At just over 2000 words, this probably is not an ideal book for young preschoolers unless you have a kid who is simply crazy to learn more about these amazing animals. Slightly older readers will find what effects the percentage of male babies vs female babies fascinating.
Heos and Jorisch are also the pair who brought us What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae.
Share this with the young scientist in your life today.