Baby Rattlesnake Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-10-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings

" Wonderful interactive native american tale. Use with shakers. Baby rattlesnakes don't have rattles, but that doesn't stop baby from asking, and whining, and tantrum-ing. Finally Mommy and Daddy give in, and their point is proven that sometimes there is a REASON children aren't allowed to have things they want until they are old enough. " said.

"Baby Rattlesnake is a story that is adapted from a Chickasaw Tale. It is about a baby rattlesnake who is upset because he does not yet have his rattle. He finally gets his rattle, but uses it foolishly. In the end of the story, he is without a rattle once again.

Reading Level: Pre-K- 2nd grade
Genre: Picture Book
Use: Read Aloud

Theme: Self-control

Text/Images: The illustrations perfectly depict the southwestern setting.
This book is made up of bright colors that will surely attract young readers.
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"Summary: Baby Rattlesnake cries and cries for a rattle just like his big brother and sister have, but his parents tell him he’s still too young. His crying keeps the Rattlesnake People up all night, so finally his parents give in. Thrilled with his new power, he mischievously uses his rattle to scare little animals. He grows bolder and bolder, till one day he scares the wrong creature. (Thanks

Audience: Ages 4+

Genre: Picture Book

Use: Guided Reading, Read Aloud

Life Lessons: Teaches people to value of self-control.

Illustrations: Vividly depict the story’s Southwestern setting.


Publisher: Children's Book Press (CA)
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" This story is about a baby rattlesnake who is upset and crying because he does not yet have a rattle like the older snakes. His parents tell him he is too young but because of his crying nobody can sleep so they decide to give him one. The snake likes his rattle so much he scares people with it and against the advice of his parents he scares the chief's daughter. After he scares her, she becomes startled and breaks his rattle.
I would use this story as a read-aloud because it would be great to start a discussion about following rules and how sometimes bad things can happen when we don't follow the rules. I think the character of a snake would make it more interesting than reading a story about a child who disobeyed.

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From School Library Journal
"Baby Rattlesnake wants a rattle that's just like his big brother and sister's in this native American cautionary tale. The young snake makes such a ruckus that the elders decide to give in to him, even though he is still too young to use his rattle wisely. As the elders predict, Baby Rattlesnake creates mischief with his new power. He meets his match, however, when he tries to scare the chief's daughter, who is as strong and decisive as she is beautiful and proud. Humbled and without his rattle, the little snake returns to his forgiving family. Adapted from the work of Te Ata, a Chickasaw storyteller now in her 90s, the story is fast moving, dramatic, and economically told.

Theme: Patience

Curricular Use: Read Aloud, Guided Reading, Shared Reading, Independent Reading

Level: ages 4-8

Illustrations: Cartoonlike, colorful, bright, supportive, fun
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"Summary: This story is about a young rattlesnake who wants his rattle before it is time to get it. He will not let up until he gets it. Finally, the town of rattlesnakes give him his rattle and baby rattlesnake learns a great life lesson with the help of his rattle.

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Genre: Picture Book

Uses: Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Read-Aloud, Shared Reading

Social Issues: This book teaches children that there are always consequences to wanting to grow up fast. Lessons need to be learned and mistakes need to be made. Living needs to be done before all privileges can be given.

Literary Elements: Moroney uses a lot of dialogue throughout the whole book which engages students and allows them to see how the spoken language is written.

Text & Image: The text and illustrations connect very well throughout the book which helps the reader follow along easily. The illustrations are also very colorful and detailed which grabs the reader's attention.
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Summary: Baby Rattlesnake is a Native American tale about a baby rattlesnake that continuously cries because his tail does not have a rattle like his mother, father, brother, and sister. His cries keep the rattlesnake community up day and night, until the council decides to give him his very own rattle. Although, he does not use his rattle wisely and ends up without it in the end.

Told by: Te Ata
Adapted by: Lynn Moroney
Illustrated by: Mire Reisberg

Audience: K-3rd grade (Late- Early reader)
Genre: folklore children’s picture book

Illustrations: Mira Reisberg’s illustrations perfectly depict the Southwestern setting. Her use of a variety of colors, both dark and bright, easily attracts a reader.

Usage: This particular book can be used in a variety of setting in the classroom including independent reading, guided reading, and reading out loud. A teacher could easily introduce such a book when learning about Native Americans, snakes, or amphibians.
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"This is a folktale that was told by Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata. It tells the story of a baby rattlesnake who is given a rattle early on in life because he insists on having one like his older siblings. The town elects to give him a rattle--although he is immature--because he is being so annoying. Baby Rattlesnake, of course, doesn't use his rattle wisely and likes to play tricks on the other desert animals. He learns his lesson in the end, however.

I used the Spanish version of this story for a Spanish story time about snakes. I used the English version for bilingual story time. To make this story more story time-friendly, I adapted it by summarizing some of the pages. What was neat about the snake program was that I had a small rattlesnake rattle my mother-in-law had given me (she lives in WA, and there are many rattlesnakes on the property there) that I was able to use during the Baby Rattlesnake story. I also was able to show the kids the rattle up close after story time and give interested kids a try at shaking it.
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