Lizard Lady, The

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Lizard Lady, The
Join the Lizard Lady as she cuts her way through thick Caribbean forests searching for critically endangered St. Croix ground lizards. Hunted to extinction on the island of St. Croix by invasive species brought by colonizing farmers, these lizards are now only found on surrounding islands in the US Virgin Islands. Readers learn that scientists can be women and that the day in a life of a scientist can be anything but boring. Co-author Nicole F. Angeli IS the Lizard Lady--can she help save these animals?

This includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 30-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Lizard Lady, The is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Jennifer Keats Curtis   & Dr. Nicole Angeli, Illustrated by Veronica V. Jones
32 pg, 8.5 X 10, Ages 4-8, Grades K-3, Lexile: 830, F&P: O
EBook 9781607183174 $6.95  
Keywords:   environmental education, St. Croix, conservation, critically endangered, invasive species
Animals in the book:   St. Croix ground lizard
Vetters:   Thanks to Dr. Robert Powell, Professor of Biology at Avila University, for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.


Author/Illustrator Info:

Award-winning nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis is frequently found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation. She is the author of more than a dozen books about wildlife rescue, animal care in captivity, and citizen science.In addition to The Lizard Lady and Maggie: Alaska's Last Elephant, Jennifer has written After A While Crocodile: Alexa’s Diary, The Lucky Litter: Wolf Pups Rescued from Wildfire, the Animal Helpers series, Baby Owl’s Rescue, Kali’s Story (Children’s Choice Book Award 2015), Salamander Season, Primate School, and Turtles In My Sandbox for Arbordale. She lives in Maryland with her family and a wide variety of pets. Visit her website at

Dr. Nicole F. Angeli is the Lizard Lady in this story. While she has plenty of scientific papers to her name, this is her first children’s picture book. Her work with St. Croix ground lizards took place while a student at Texas A&M University and a Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Predoctoral Fellow. Yes, female scientists really do machete their way through forests! Visit her website to learn more.

Veronica V. Jones is a freelance and children’s illustrator from the Northern Virginia area. After graduating from the Catholic University of America with a degree in engineering, she decided to follow her first love, art; and started her career as a freelance illustrator. Veronica started drawing for children in 2010 and has created many covers and interiors since then. Moonlight Crab Count is her debut picture book. Visit her website at


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