Book review: About Reptiles (English and bilingual English/Spanish versions), by Cathryn Sill, illustrated by John Sill, Spanish translation by Cristina de la Torre

Sill, Cathryn. Illustrated by John Sill. About Reptiles: A Guide for Children. Peachtree Publishers, 2016. $7.95. 9781561459087. UNP. P7 Q8

This is a very simple introduction to reptiles. It is one book in the About… series. Each illustration of a reptile is sill-about-reptilesaccompanied by related text; but, no more than a sentence. The illustrations are quite life-like and show the reptiles exhibiting appropriate behavior in their proper habitats. After the basic information that is offered in the main text, there is a detailed afterword arranged by illustration. There is also a glossary and suggestions for further reading.

Verdict: About Reptiles is a nice addition to any elementary reptiles unit. Children will learn reptile basics from the uncomplicated text and the realistic illustrations.



Sill, Cathryn. Illustrated by John Sill.Translated by Cristina de la Torre. About Reptiles: A Guide for Children = Sobre los reptiles: Una guía para niños. Peachtree Publishers, 2016. $8.95. 9781561459094. UNP. P8 Q8

This is one of four bilingual editions included in the About… series. The simple information given in the English sill-about-reptiles-sobres-los-reptilesversion is also given in Spanish. Everything is translated, including the dedication, illustration titles, and author biography. The straightforward language makes for a clear translation. Early readers of English or Spanish will find this guide useful.

Verdict: A good science resource for language learners.

March 2017 review by Lillian Curanzy.


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