Can You Tell a Tyrannosaurus from an Allosaurus?

Can You Tell a Tyrannosaurus from an Allosaurus?

by Buffy Silverman
     
 

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A huge dinosaur stomps around on two legs. It hunts with sharp teeth and claws. Its head is large, but its arms are tiny. Was that a Tyrannosaurus? Or was it an Allosaurus? These dinosaurs looked similar, but they were very different. Read this book to become an expert at telling these look-alikes apart!

Overview

A huge dinosaur stomps around on two legs. It hunts with sharp teeth and claws. Its head is large, but its arms are tiny. Was that a Tyrannosaurus? Or was it an Allosaurus? These dinosaurs looked similar, but they were very different. Read this book to become an expert at telling these look-alikes apart!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr
Eighty million years ago, a ferocious beast moved across the land. He had short arms and two long talons on each hand. He could have been a scavenger, or perhaps he hunted his own food. No predators chased him down, and his large, powerful teeth tore easily into his prey's flesh. Today, he is known as a Tyrannosaurus. Millions of years before the Tyrannosaurus roamed lived another meat eater known as an Allosaurus. While the Allosaurus was not as large, he was just as deadly. His teeth were the size of fingers and cut like knives. He weighed as much as a rhinoceros and could move as fast as a polar bear. Young paleontologists will discover other fascinating differences between these two ancient creatures while reading this installment in the "Dinosaur Look-Alikes" series. Exciting text and comparisons combine with bright illustrations and informative photographs to bring the facts to life. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781467713559
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/2013
Series:
Lightning Bolt Books: Dinosaur Look-Alikes Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.07(w) x 10.39(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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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