From the Series Animal Predators

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Some of the fiercest and most skilled hunters in the world, crocodiles use stealth, power, and a strong sense of smell, hearing, and sight to stalk and kill their prey. Watch these deadly animals as they grow from small hatchlings into full-grown crocodiles—honing the instincts and skills they’ll need to become ferocious predators.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction, Science
Category Animals
Copyright 2004
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2004-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.8
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
BISACS JNF003190, JNF051150
Dewey 597.98'2
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 11 x 8.5
Lexile 980
Guided Reading Level P
ATOS Reading Level 5.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 78807
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource


  • CBC Children's Choices, Winner, 2004
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2004



“Gr.2-5. Titles in the new Animal Predators series focus on the few predators at the top of the food chain. Clear, detailed explanations describe the unique developmental path animals in each species must follow as they grow from young animals to fierce adult predators that must hunt for survival. Full-page, colorful action photos show the individual species in various stages of maturity as well as images of predator and prey in their natural surroundings, predators stalking and attacking their prey, and the feast following a successful hunt. The straightforward, descriptive text and superb photos give these titles surefire appeal to middle readers. A glossary and book and video resource are appended.”

Science Books & Films

“This short, but well-illustrated, book is designed to introduce children to one of the world’s greatest predators: the Nile River crocodile. . . Children will find this title a good intorduction to a fascinating animal.”
Science Books & Films

Author: Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally-known science education consultant. Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children’s Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist. Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links. Markle lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.

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Animal Predators

With remarkable photographs of animals on the hunt, this series focuses on some of the most skillful predators in the animal kingdom. Watch these deadly animals as they grow into full-grown predators—honing the instincts and skills they’ll need to become ferocious hunters.… View available downloads →