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Dinosaurs Big and Small

Dinosaurs Big and Small

by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, Lucia Washburn (Illustrator)

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Some dinosaurs were big. How big? As long as four school buses in a row, as heavy as sixteen elephants.

Some dinosaurs were small. How small? Read and find out!


Some dinosaurs were big. How big? As long as four school buses in a row, as heavy as sixteen elephants.

Some dinosaurs were small. How small? Read and find out!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
How big was the biggest dinosaur? How small was the smallest? This book, geared toward teaching preschoolers and kindergartners simple science concepts, shows size difference in a way that children can understand. A picture of a dinosaur with 22 kids laid next to him, shows children how long 89 feet really is. Another picture of a Brachiosaurus next to 16 elephants shows children how much the dinosaur could weigh. Of course, the dinosaurs are described in simple terms, and the pictures to illustrate the book go well with the words. The concept of size is described by the words as well as the illustrations in this book. The last pages of the book describe the name, weight, and length, as well as containing a picture of the dinosaur. A drawing of a human and an elephant is also included to show once again the size in relation to something that a young child can understand. 2002, HarperCollins,
— Nicole Peterson <%ISBN%>0064451828 <%ISBN%>0060279354
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Discussing the wide variety of sizes in the dinosaur lexicon, Zoehfeld's simple text presents kids, school buses, and elephants as yardsticks for the measurement of a number of weighty sauropods and lesser lights, from the massive Argentinosaurus to the cat-sized Compsognathus. Washburn's eye-catching illustrations, in glowing rusts and purples, blues and greens, march step-by-step with the text. Included is a double-page lineup of all the mentioned saurians, with a brief note on each one that gives its scientific name, pronunciation, length, and weight. Brightly colored, informative, and on a cherished topic, the book is certain to gather no shelf-sitter dust.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An introduction to dinosaurs for younger readers, this Stage 1 "Lets-Read-And-Find-Out Science" title describes big and little dinosaurs from Diplodocus, "one of the biggest," to Mussaurus, only as large as a baby-bird when hatched. More recent giants, like Seismosaurus, Argentinosaurus, and Brachiosaurus are also introduced in the same low-keyed fashion. The author explains the latter may have weighed as much as 16 elephants, and the illustrator obligingly shows a tower of 16 elephants. The author provides size comparisons throughout; for example, Giganotosaurus had teeth "the size of a banana," and Seismosaurus at 130 feet long was, "longer than 4 school buses." Soft chalk drawings in buff, blue, and purple, show the kinder gentler side of dinosaurs-even the meat-eaters look somewhat cuddly. The illustrator concludes with a scale drawing of the dinosaurs presented, including an elephant and a human for scale. While there is little new here, this is a non-threatening additional purchase for the dinosaur set. (Nonfiction. 5-7)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series: Level 1
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Product dimensions:
9.81(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is the award-winning author of more than seventy books for children.  She has written several books in the Let’s Read And Find Out Science series, including:  WHAT LIVES IN A SHELL?, an NSTA/CBC “Outstanding Science Trade Book” and winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s “Best Children’s Book” award; WHAT IS THE WORLD MADE OF?, a Children’s Book of the Month Club Main Selection; WHAT’S ALIVE?, also named an AAAS “Best Children’s Book”;  HOW MOUNTAINS ARE MADE, an NSTA/CBC “Outstanding Science Trade Book,” DINOSAUR TRACKS, "a great choice for even the most discriminating dinophiles" (School Library Journal); and DINOSAURS BIG AND SMALL, winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio “Best Book Award”

Kathleen was a children’s book editor for over ten years before becoming a full-time writer.  When she is not reading, researching, writing, or editing she loves to spend her free time exploring, doing fieldwork, and preparing and curating fossils for her local natural history museums.  She lives in Berkeley, CA.

Lucia Washburn has illustrated more than a dozen books for children. Her Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science books include Dinosaur Tracks, Dinosaurs Big and Small, and Did Dinosaurs Have Feathers?, which has illustrations that "provide vivid visualizations of long-ago landscapes" (School Library Journal). Her other books include Look to the North by Jean Craighead George, a 1997 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner praised as "a fine addition to science collections" (ALA Booklist). When she travels, she and her family enjoy visiting the local museums to see their dinosaur collections. Being the mother of two children, she has a special fondness for Maiasaura. She lives in California with her family.

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