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Rattlesnake Rules

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Rattlesnakes are much maligned primarily because they are much misunderstood, In Rattlesnake Rules, award-winning children's author and science editor Conrad J. Storad removes the veil of mystery from these fascinating creatures and imparts to young readers valuable information that will help them better understand rattlesnakes and to keep both the children and the snakes safe. Now available in paperback for the first time!

40 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 2009

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2,144 reviews38 followers
January 4, 2019
We received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

I saw this book while browsing and figured that A would like to have this book read to her. She is always wanting to learn something new so this was perfect for her. Not only is this a story it is also informational about rattlesnakes.

Mother snake is teaching her snakes the rules of being a rattlesnake and tips to help them stay out of trouble. With these rules, it makes it easy for kids to learn about them such as what they look like, what they eat, what happens when they shake their rattle. The pictures were good though sometimes they did not fit the pages of the page. Also, I noticed that when it would say Rule : Then there would be no number I am not sure if that was not meant to be or if it was a formatting error. So we just made sure to count what rule we were on. At the end of the book, there are some facts that let you know more about rattlesnakes if you are looking for more in-depth facts.
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111 reviews7 followers
December 6, 2018
Very informative book about rattlesnakes. The rules are informative and explain to the reader both why rattlesnakes behave the way they do and what people should do if they see a rattlesnake. I personally love the end of the book, which listed a lot of interesting facts that would be perfect for a book or animal report!
The illustrations are done beautifully and match the “rules” that are being talked about on the page.
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
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2,733 reviews16 followers
December 16, 2018
This was an interesting book that allowed young readers to get a step into a rattlesnake's world via the eyes of a snake. Although I am sure mama rattlers don't teach their young this one did while helping readers to get to know these much misunderstood snakes as she led all through the lessons.

The story was given in a poetic style that was brief and fun. Although there were spots where the poetic flow seemed stilted a bit the rest of it flowed pretty nicely.

Another thing that bothered me was the one that had to be scared of her own rattle was a female. A bit on the stereotypical side while the mother's facial expression was a hoot when she found out. It is what it is.

The colors and illustrations were cute and charming while helping readers to get the point across. As a result even though there were a lot of human elements to the snakes it wasn't too much to distract the reader from getting the idea of the story.

My favorite thing, though, was all the information added at the back. There was a Fast Facts, Fun Facts a Myth Vs Truth and even Words to Learn. Although I don't think you are suppose to run from a rattlesnake until you are safely out of strike zone the rest of the information seems factual and well presented to help educate the reader on this topic.

This fun read would be a good recommendation for families who live in rattlesnake land and/or are planning on vacationing in an area where an encounter may occur.

***I received access to a copy of this book in exchange for a free review.***
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1,372 reviews11 followers
November 6, 2018
Told in rhyming stanzas, this book starts by showing off how different animals have different rules before settling into the one in the title.
Using pictographs and a bell she holds in her rattle tail, momma snake—she’s wearing a necklace though she has no shoulders—teaches the little ones all about livin’ the reptile life. There’s rules for humans too, but only one seems to be important: leave the rattlers alone!
I can just imagine a kid asking, “Mom, what does ‘Ace of Spades” mean?”
The artwork features a lot of reds, which at times makes it hard to make out the snakes. And the fact they’re always smiling—which looks more menacing than joyful—makes them look a bit creepy.
More info for the humans in back, more basic facts without rhyme, as well as myths, glossary, and so on.
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Author 8 books9 followers
June 24, 2012
Delightful book. Well illustrated and teaches young readers in a very entertaining way.
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2,685 reviews31 followers
February 21, 2019
Rattlesnake Rules by Conrad J. Storad is a children's non fiction picturebook. Rattlesnakes have rules?! If these babies shake their rattles, you had better pay attention! Misunderstood, rattlesnakes have gotten a bad rap over the years. This book demystifies the world of rattlesnakes and introduces children to such topics as who, when, and what rattlesnakes eat. It shows readers why rattlesnakes have rattles and what it means if you hear one. You will learn how the snakes forked tongues help them survive. The delightful and colorful illustrations of Nathaniel P. Jensen help bring the story alive.

Rattlesnake Rules is a good introduction to rattlesnakes and their behavior. I like that it offers the rules rattlesnakes live by to survive, and the rules people should follow when exploring the outdoors. The illustrations are cute, and I like the realistic colors used in the snakes and the landscapes, but it did not wow me with detail work. The text of the story is told in rhyme, and is easy to understand and remember. My favorite aspect of the book is the additional information and resources included at the end of the book. There are some interesting facts that were new to me, and some activity and craft ideas for caregivers, parents, or teachers to take part in with young readers to get them more engaged and interested in the story and information.

Rattlesnake Rules was an informative read, and I think it could be very useful in teaching young children how to behave in rattlesnake territory, and to understand rather than fear them. I found the story itself to be alright, but the picturebook portion did not stand out or wow me in any way.
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