A BOOK OF SNAILS by Sally Moffet Kellin


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Martin Iger's photos made Catch a Cricket and Close-Up of a Honeybee, and they make the difference here: the text is neither logically organized nor thorough, and it lets the typical stand for the whole without qualification. Nevertheless snails are fascinating, especially when you can see a trail of slime being laid, watch a mouth working under magnification, get close to a pair mating. Children who don't know how the human body functions may have trouble following the explanation of the snail's life processes, and they certainly won't understand hermaphroditic reproduction if they're not familiar with the names and roles of sexual organs generally. Overall, Dorothy Hogner is far more informative for a similar age range, and hers is the better book for assignments; but this is an inducement to investigate further, and if you'd like to raise your own the author tells (and the illustrations show) how.

Pub Date: Oct. 31st, 1968
Publisher: Young Scott