Can You Tell a Triceratops from a Protoceratops?

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A dinosaur with pointy horns searches for a meal. It tears leaves off branches with its strong beak. Was that a Triceratops? Or was it a Protoceratops? 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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Overview

A dinosaur with pointy horns searches for a meal. It tears leaves off branches with its strong beak. Was that a Triceratops? Or was it a Protoceratops? 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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Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr
A lumbering beast with horns marches across a dusty plain. Frills surround his neck and bite marks adorn his horns. Using rows of sawlike teeth, the beast slices leaves from a nearby bush and munches as he continues on his way. Is this large, hulking animal a Triceratops or a Protoceratops? What is the purpose of the frill? Can his horns protect him from fierce predators, such as a Tyrannosaurus? Does he live within a herd, or is he a solitary creature? Reading this simple book will help young paleontologists answer these questions and more. Children will discover what makes a dinosaur a Ceratopsia and how these creatures survived millions of years ago. Large, playfully formatted text and bright illustrations create a visually stimulating presentation that brings nonfiction topics to life. Each book in the "Dinosaur Look-Alikes" series examines the intriguing differences between dinosaurs that appear similar. Reviewer: Natalie Gurr
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
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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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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