Don’t Make Me Rattle By Elaine A. Powers

Don’t Make Me Rattle is beautifully illustrated and contains facts and features about one of North America’s most iconic residents: the rattlesnake! People fear rattlesnakes because they don’t understand them. Come inside and learn about these amazing snakes, how they help people, and why they should be respected, not exterminated.

DON’T MAKE ME RATTLE! By Elaine A. Powers

Reviewed by Helene Woodhams, Arizona Daily Star, June 3, 2018

“A rattle from a reptile is not a welcome sound, but if it makes you tread carefully it’s served its purpose, says Tucson author Elaine Powers. In a picture book chock-full of rattlesnake facts, she emphasizes the good they do (eating rodents, scattering seeds, and aiding cancer research) as she imparts interesting reptilian lore. For instance, although toxic to those on the receiving end, venom acts like saliva for a rattlesnake, a necessary digestive aid since they lack teeth for chewing. And rattlers are surprisingly social creatures who bunk together when it’s cold-forming a ‘rhumba’ of rattlers. An unabashed rattlesnake fan, Powers bemoans how willingly we exterminate them, largely because they look so unlovable. She gets no argument here from illustrator Nicholas Thorpe, whose threatening rattlesnake pictures, some of them with mouths agape, dripping venom, are undeniably scary. This is the third in Powers ”Don’t” series of nature books for kids in grades K-4.” (CreateSpace. $14.95, $9.95 Kindle.)


The books below complement each other in a unit study on reptiles, as predator and prey. Designed for P-k through grade 3.

Don’t Call Me Turtle compares and contrasts Green Sea Turtles and Fresh Water Turtles with Land Tortoises. Read More


Don’t Make Me Fly compares and contrasts two formidable desert enemies: The Rattlesnake and The Roadrunner. Read More

CURTIS CURLY-TAIL COMES ALIVE ON YOU TUBE!a curly tail lizard on a bahamian beach with blue sky and ocean, sand and green plants
Elaine A Powers Author Conservationalist Biologist
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