Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World

Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World

by Lita Judge
     
 

TOO TINY TO BE TERRIFYING. The fascinating world of baby dinosaurs—in amazing pictures!

What did a dinosaur look like sitting on its eggs? What kind of parent was a Tyrannosaurus rex? How could an Argentinosaurus, who probably hatched from an egg no bigger than 18 inches long, grow up to weigh more than 17 elephants? It's a sure bet that kids—always

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Overview

TOO TINY TO BE TERRIFYING. The fascinating world of baby dinosaurs—in amazing pictures!

What did a dinosaur look like sitting on its eggs? What kind of parent was a Tyrannosaurus rex? How could an Argentinosaurus, who probably hatched from an egg no bigger than 18 inches long, grow up to weigh more than 17 elephants? It's a sure bet that kids—always fascinated by dinosaurs—have wondered about these questions.BORN TO BE GIANTS, with its glossary of dinosaurs, easy-to-
understand text, and full-color illustrations, shows little readers how baby dinosaurs grew up to be GIANTS.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Every giant was once a baby,” asserts this insightful book, filled with fascinating details about the rearing habits of less familiar dinosaurs. Using fossil evidence and comparisons to modern species, Judge speculates about how dinosaur mothers might have cared for their young, and her expressive paintings make artful use of dimension and scale while bringing the compelling creatures to life. So while “A bad-tempered Tyrannosaurus rex mother probably ate anyone who tried stealing her eggs,” a baby Argentinosaurus would have had to watch out for mom and dad. “A herd of Argentinosaurus was an earth-shaking, bone-crushing stampede of feet. Their tiny babies probably hid under forest cover.” Ages 6-9. (May)
From the Publisher

“Along with a full measure of visual appeal, [Judge] also delivers a terse but clear explanation of how scientists gain insight into dino parenting. Though profiling only eight kinds of dinosaurs, this serves as a nice gateway to more detailed studies of the topic.” —Booklist

“The inclusion of these primary sources, plus the details of the artwork make this an excellent work about early paleontology. Recommended.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Using current data (some ideas derived from contemporary critters), Judge presents an interesting and attractive introduction to the world of dinosaur young. Her readable text touches on eight Cretaceous dinosaurs, from smallish Psittacosaurus to gigantic Argentinosaurus, describing fossil finds of eggs and embryos, nesting colonies, and possible/probable parenting scenarios. The full-color illustrations are realistic (but not photographic in style) and depict a variety of big-eyed babies, from freshly hatched Saltasaurus facing an uncertain future on their own, to young Maiasaura being fed in their nest, to a T. rex guarding a smelly mound of vegetation covering her eggs. Rich color and inviting layout of text are eye-catching, as is the cover. A time line and further data on the featured dinosaurs are appended. A surefire hit for dinophiles.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Eye-catching illustrations and the combination of two perennially popular topics make this book a sure hit. The conversational tone of the text and the use of a variably sized and colored display type add appeal, though they may also lead readers to expect a story for younger listeners rather than a serious examination of the subject. Judge is careful to distinguish between facts and educated guesses, which ironically may create a bit of confusion as her audience considers the plethora of possibilities described in her wide-ranging overview. She notes the enormous difference in size between some dinosaurs and their offspring and speculates about how their babies might have struggled to survive. Comparisons are drawn between the behavior of present-day birds (who may actually have evolved from dinosaurs) and a variety of dinosaurs using evidence from the fossil record. Vivid paintings provide amplification, perspective and humor. Further facts about the eight dinosaurs discussed are included, along with a simplified timeline. The glossary and bibliography will assist readers and listeners in understanding the complex ideas presented. Engaging and challenging. (author's note) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596434431
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
758,037
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

LITA JUDGE is the author of ONE THOUSAND TRACINGS, winner of the 2008 IRA Children's Book Award, YELLOWSTONE MORAN, and PENNIES FOR ELEPHANTS. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

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