Day the Dinosaurs Died (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2)by Charlotte Lewis Brown, Phil Wilson
A compelling account of how the impact of a giant asteroid may have killed the Earth’s dinosaurs.
The Horn Book“Readers will savor the tale.”
Children's Literature - Sharon SalluzzoPaleontologist Charlotte Lewis Brown conjectures what happened to the dinosaurs. She presents the asteroid theory in this dramatic title. With the belief that the asteroid or comet hit earth near the Yucatssn Peninsula and affected dinosaurs all the way to what is now Canada, she includes a number of dinosaurs that lived in this area of North America: the T. Rex, Edmontosaurus, and Parasaurolophus. Dinosaur enthusiasts will be intrigued by the text and the illustrations, which show the life-like animals in peril by fire, water, and smoke. She finishes with the regeneration of the earth. Part of the "I can read book 2" series, this has the usual format of short sentences and large type. There is plenty of drama to keep the budding paleontologists reading and turning the pages. To get them started, the pronunciation guide is in the front of the book.
School Library JournalGr 1-3-Beginning with a pronunciation guide for the names of various dinosaurs, this book describes what probably happened to those reptiles 65 million years ago, when a comet or an asteroid most likely slammed into the Earth in the area of the Yucat n Peninsula. Rather than delivering a strict factual narrative, Brown focuses on some individual creatures, bringing readers closer to the scene. She tells how the dinosaurs would have been feeding and then suddenly destroyed by heat, falling rock, or tidal waves during the day of impact. Those not immediately killed would have starved following the death of their prey or plant foods. The book ends with the rise of small mammals that had hidden underground, escaping the dinosaurs' fate. Second graders will be able to read this book independently, and with its expressive, fairly naturalistic illustrations, younger children will find that it answers the question of how the dinosaurs became extinct. An author's note provides additional material.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsPaleontologist Brown presents developing readers with a vividly imagined recreation of an asteroid impact and its immediate and subsequent effects on the dinosaurs. She sets up her scenario with an introductory, "It may have happened like this . . . " and follows with action-filled narration that finds a T. rex peacefully chowing down on an Edmontosaurus while behind him a "strange new light" appears in the sky. After immediately incinerating the giant carnivore, the asteroid's wave of destruction moves outward, mowing down Triceratops and Alamosaurus with equal abandon. Although they are not killed in the initial impact, a herd of Parasaurolophuses, who hide in caves in the far north, slowly starve to death upon reemerging into a blasted world. Clearly, there's more than enough violence and destruction to delight the most jaded eight-year-old, all related in the simple and forthright vocabulary and syntax of an I Can Read! entry. Wilson's illustrations add stripes and other splashes of color to the dinosaurs' hides, as well as expressions of alarm to their faces, the scenes of destruction appropriately garish and full of motion. Sure to find its audience. (author's note, pronunciation guide) (Easy reader/nonfiction. 6-9)
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