Can You Tell a Stegosaurus from an Ankylosaurus?


A dinosaur with an armored back chomps on plants. It swings its tail at a hungry meat eater. Was that a Stegosaurus? Or was it an Ankylosaurus? These dinosaurs looked similar, but they were very different. Read this book to become an expert at telling these look-alikes apart!

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A dinosaur with an armored back chomps on plants. It swings its tail at a hungry meat eater. Was that a Stegosaurus? Or was it an Ankylosaurus? These dinosaurs looked similar, but they were very different. Read this book to become an expert at telling these look-alikes apart!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr
A hefty dinosaur the length of an elephant forages for food among low-lying ferns. He casually raises onto his back legs and grabs some leaves to munch from a nearby tree. Triangular, spiny plates line his back and sharp spikes at the end of his tail create a formidable weapon. Could this mysterious beast be a Stegosaurus or an Anklyosaurus? Do the plates on his back serve as armor, a cooling device, or to attract a mate? Young dinosaur-enthusiasts will find answers to these questions and more in this nonfiction adventure. Lively text and exciting illustrations bring this factual dinosaur book to life. A glossary provides simple definitions of difficult words and a table of contents helps organize the information. Diagrams depict the similarities and differences in the appearance of these two fascinating dinosaurs. Each book in the "Dinosaur Look-Alikes" series examines the intriguing differences between dinosaurs that appear similar. Reviewer: Natalie Gurr
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—Each book focuses on two dinosaur genera from a single group, using comparisons and contrasts to highlight key features and behaviors. Extra-large bold text and fairly simple vocabulary and sentence structure make the information accessible to young readers. Shifts from one species to another and back again flow logically and smoothly. The comparison of Tyrannosaurus's two fingers to Allosaurus's three, for example, leads into a discussion of how scientists think each animal found food. Though occasionally oversimplified (such as the statement that Velociraptor and Deinonychus "looked a lot like birds"), most explanations and analogies are effective. The photographs and illustrations are not especially striking and a few are below par. However, the majority of the images support the information effectively. By encouraging readers to notice similarities and differences, the set engages them with age-appropriate critical thinking, making this set a natural choice for Common Core use.
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Meet the Author

Buffy Silverman is the author of many books about nature and science for children. She also enjoys writing poetry for children. Buffy is lucky to live in a rural area of Michigan where inspiration is just outside the window. The sun shimmers on Stony Lake. A great blue heron flies low over the swamp. Black squirrels scamper across oak branches, stuffing leaves in their mouths and bringing them to a hollow. The animals that share her yard inspire stories and poems. With every book and article she writes, she learns more about the world.

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