in it. The cover immediately captured her attention. Her 2 year old attention stayed, even after we opened the book. She turned the pages eagerly and kept pointing things out to me.
We sat down today to read a book together called Rattlesnake Rules by Conrad J. Storad. As I started to open it, Jaden was pointing at the cover, saying, "Naaa, Naaa...." He said another word, not completely yet, but it's closer!:)
Anway, Rattlesnake Rules is a children's book that uses rhyme and a creative tactic to teach your children about rattlesnakes and their characteristics, as well, as the dangers. The pages are full of colorful illustrations, drawn by Nathaniel P. Jensen, that grabbed at my children's attention. I honestly cringe anytime I see a snake; I'm talking cringe, duck, and run here. I can't stand snakes....they give me the willies. Ever since I almost grabbed a snake while gathering eggs as a teenager, I just have a healthy fear of snakes. But, the snakes in this book were actually kinda cute, from a mama's perspective. Conrad uses fiction to implement the non-fiction parts of the book into the story. A storyline with a family of snakes delves into their world and how they live and why they shake their rattle, how they eat, etc. They have certain rules they live by. He then delves into the rules for humans when we are out walking. These rules help to determine when it's time to turn around and how we can be safe.
At the end of the book are a few educational sections that could easily be used to supplement a science course on snakes. There are Rattlesnake Fast Facts, Rattlesnake Fun Facts (for instance, did you know that, "Arizona has 13 species of rattlesnakes"?), Rattlesnake Mysteries, Rattlesnake Myths vs. Facts, Words to Learn, and a Rattlesnake Rules Curriculum Guide. As a homeschooling mom, I was very impressed with the Curriculum Guide because it offers different activities to go along with the book and to further education about rattlesnakes. It has discussion ideas and hands-on activities that your young students can do, including making their own rattle. The activities are designed to help your children learn different aspects of a snake's life, such as molting, or shedding of their skin, for instance. There are also research topics to explore even more. It's very interesting.
Rattlesnake Rules normally sells for $16.95, but is on sale for $12.88 right now with Five Star Publications, due to their 24th anniversary special. It is a hard back book that comes with a colorful dustjacket. I would highly recommend it as a supplement to any reptile study. I know my kids would too.:)
(Disclosure: We were provided with this free book by Five Star Publications and Conrad J. Storad, in association with MamaBuzz.)
We have 2 copies of this book to give away. Simply leave a comment - with your email - and you will be entered into our giveaway drawing. Giveaway ends on November 7th, with the winner announced on November 9th.