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Friday, October 30, 2009

Review and Giveaway! Rattlesnake Rules by Conrad J. Storad

Melissa J's Thoughts:

"A nake! A nake!"

These are my daughter's excited words when we opened our package with Rattlesnake Rules
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.

Conrad J. Storad is no stranger to writing educational book for children that are also fun. With books like, Desert Night Shift(A Pack Rat Story), Life in the Slow Lane: A Desert Tortoise Tale, Lizards for Lunch: A Roadrunner's Tale, and Don't Ever Cross That Road! An Armadillo Story, he has one of a kind books for children which both entertain and teach. 

I'm not quite sure how he did it, but Conrad brought rattlesnakes into a personableness that made me think that maybe they aren't all that bad. . . until of course, he added the necessary rules of warning into his story line!  Still, it's balanced so well, that instead of kids becoming absolutely terrified of rattlesnakes, they will develop a healthy respect for them. 

One of the things I really appreciated about this book, is the fact that there is more than a story contained within it. Conrad inserts sections into the back that any Mama who reads to her children in the hopes of teaching them, will love. He looks at rattlesnake myths (you can not tell how old a rattlesnake is based on the number of rattles) and provides a rattlesnake based vocabulary for children to work on. 

Taking this even further, Conrad then provides curriculum ideas that parents can implement into their children's schooling and/or homework. 

With a retail value of $16.95, this book is worth every penny invested. It's a 3-in-1 deal -- story, science lesson, and curriculum guide. As a homeschooling Mama, I look forward to adding Conrad's books to our homeschooling library as our science years progress. 

NOTE: This book is on sale for $12.88 right now with Five Star Publications, due to their 24th anniversary special.

Mel's Thoughts:

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.


Julie October 30, 2009 at 4:23 PM  

I am not too fond of rattlesnakes :) but I would like to learn more about them .


wmmahaney October 30, 2009 at 11:44 PM  

I would love this for my boys. It would make a good addition to our library.

Lynx October 31, 2009 at 1:40 AM  

Great book. Love kids books on nature. i love how a scary topic is presented in a personable way. Grew up with my dad and brother catching snakes, but being in the city haven't had the same opportunity for my kids. hope to read it with my daughter and son. lynxljj@hotmail.com

Kristi October 31, 2009 at 8:38 PM  

My kids loved this book, but I would love to win a copy of this book to give to my nephews for Christmas!

Gaertegang November 1, 2009 at 6:44 PM  

Sign me up for the drawing!! With 3 boys I know we would enjoy reading it!

Shelly November 2, 2009 at 12:17 PM  

Love his books! We have the Javelina one and this looks great!

Dolphin Girl November 3, 2009 at 5:59 PM  

Looks great. We would love to win!

MJ November 4, 2009 at 3:43 PM  

My kindergarten kids would love this.


Staci November 4, 2009 at 7:21 PM  

Sounds like a wonderful book. My son loves snakes, and I would love to teach him how to be safe if he stumbles on to one! Thanks for the chance to enter.

Uncles November 4, 2009 at 10:16 PM  

I love it pick me!!!!

Winning Readings November 6, 2009 at 7:45 AM  

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/11/rattle-snake-rules.html

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

PowerSweepstaking November 6, 2009 at 1:53 PM  

for the 5 YO niece in ohio when we go on thanksgiving

haydensmommy05 November 6, 2009 at 3:34 PM  

I would love this book for my little girl!!

Shelly November 7, 2009 at 9:37 AM  

My 5-year-old daughter LOVES to read at night before bed, and her favorite stories are about animals. Would love to win!

Carol M November 7, 2009 at 3:40 PM  

I would love to win this for my grandsons. I know they would love it.
mittens0831 at aol dot com

tanya904 November 7, 2009 at 8:34 PM  

Thanks for this giveaway i would love to win this book for my nephew:)

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