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Science books for second graders

From polar ice caps to sweltering deserts, these books will take your kids on a journey across the globe - and beyond!

By Hank Pellissier

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The Snake Book

The Snake Book
By Mary Ling, Christopher Mattison, Mary Atkinson, Frank Greenaway, Dave King

Young reptile-lovers will happily slither over to this guidebook on the 3,000 species of snakes in the world. They'll coil up and enjoy the gorgeous photographs, the detailed directory of 18 snake families, and the creepy categories like venom, camouflage, reproduction, and attack methods. Special attention is devoted to endangered and little-known species.

Hank Pellissier is a freelance writer whose fiction and essays have been been widely published and anthologized. A former columnist for Salon and SF Gate, he is a regular contributor to h+ Magazine.