Dino Tracks

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Step back in time and follow dinosaur tracks around the world. Whether made by a few dinosaurs or large groups, these tracks provide clues to the movement and behavior of these lovable ancient creatures. What dinosaurs made the tracks and what do scientists think they were doing when they made them? The author tells the story in rhythmic rhyme that may be sung to the tune of Over the River and Through the Woods.
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Overview

Step back in time and follow dinosaur tracks around the world. Whether made by a few dinosaurs or large groups, these tracks provide clues to the movement and behavior of these lovable ancient creatures. What dinosaurs made the tracks and what do scientists think they were doing when they made them? The author tells the story in rhythmic rhyme that may be sung to the tune of Over the River and Through the Woods.
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Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
Donald gets the paleontology right in this introduction to fossilized tracks and trackways but crams it into verse that is, to put it mildly, dreadful. "Down by the river and in the rock-- / what are these marks I see? / In some you can lie and curl up inside, / and some have toes of three." Quality of the poetry aside, Donald nonetheless begins by accurately explaining how prehistoric footprints were made and then discovered. She expands on the topic with a tour of dino environments, from tropical river banks to polar snows--noting along the way the distinctive sorts of marks left by single passersby and by herds; by adults and juveniles; by feet and, much more rarely, tails and even wings. Along with occasional visual segues from ancient times to modern, Morrison supplies winningly melodramatic close-up views of toothy predators and well-armored herbivores displaying colorfully patterned skin, scales or feathers. Closing notes (in prose, thankfully) and quizzes provide reinforcement and additional background. Passable art and content, but the narrative presentation couldn't be worse. (map) (Informational picture book. 7-9)
Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
Dinosaurs first roamed the Earth about 250 million years ago. They were not here for just a short time, either. They stayed around for nearly two hundred million years. While scientists do not know with certainty why they became extinct, they do have evidence of their time here through what they left behind. We can learn a lot from that evidence. There is no need to wonder whether or not they walked on two feet. Some of them did; some of them did not. We know about this, thanks to the existence of fossils. Have you ever wondered how big dinosaur feet are? There is no need to wonder when we can find out that information through fossils. Have you thought about where they lived? Again, we know they lived just about everywhere based on fossils that scientists have discovered. The story of dinosaur tracks tells an interesting tale of discovery, but the rhyming is less than ideal. Prose may have been the way to go. The book contains four valuable pages of learning activities that make it suitable for the K-3 classroom. Reviewer: Bonita Herold
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607186199
  • Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    K picked this book up at his school library. K loves his dinosa

    K picked this book up at his school library.

    K loves his dinosaurs so when he picked this book I was intrigued as to what dinosaur tracks we would be reading about.
    I really like the way the scientists would look at the tracks and say okay this is what they could have been doing. Such as they were laying under ground. I can not think of the dinosaur as I do not have the book in front of me. 

    We got to learn a little bit more about the dinosaurs and the tracks that they have made. But I would have liked to have read about what dinosaurs left what tracks exactly. Such as a brontosaurs, triceratops that type of thing. 
    But overall a great read, K truly enjoyed the story being read to him. 

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  • Posted November 4, 2013

    How do we know that the creatures which we call ┬┐dinosaurs┬┐ actu

    How do we know that the creatures which we call “dinosaurs” actually lived? Of course, today we have all kinds of dinosaur fossils, but originally people in the late 1800s decided that huge monsters of some kind must have existed because they unearthed strange bird-like but very large prints set in stone. Author Rhonda Lucas Donald’s rhyming text, which can be sung to the tune of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” not only tells about how dinosaurs once roamed the earth but also describes how some of the earliest dino track finds were made in Hadley, MA, after a farm boy plowed up a field. Children always seem to enjoy reading about dinosaurs. What dinosaurs made the tracks, and what do scientists think they were doing when they made them?

    The word “dinosaur” means “fearfully great lizard,” although scientists believe that dinosaurs were actually not lizards but a different kind of reptile. Young readers will be able to step back in time and follow dinosaur tracks around the world, especially using the pictures by illustrator Cathy Morrison, to help them visualize what the ancient animals might have looked like. Creationists will appreciate the fact that the text itself says only things to the effect that dinosaurs lived “down by the river of long ago.” However, the four-page “For Creative Minds” section in the back of the book does have references to common the evolution-based claims that dinosaurs lived from about 250 million to 65 million years ago and that today’s birds are descended from dinosaurs. A teaching activities guide with additional material is available at the publisher’s website.

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