Children's LiteratureOne in a series of books about prehistoric life, this volume traces the emergence of dinosaurs on earth some 230 million years ago to their disappearance around 65 million years ago. Their colossal size compared to humans and their sudden disappearance have fascinated people of all ages, especially children. The book briefly discusses the discovery of the first dinosaur fossils as well as the continuing study of their existence by paleontologists. The various dinosaur groups, their life cycle, feeling habits and life on earth, in general, during the era of the great dinosaurs are discussed. Color photos, drawings and maps as well as an interesting layout will appeal to students; however including the time frames of periods and eras seems a bit confusing for the intended audience. The eras are graphically illustrated and the periods should have been, as well. Included are a quiz, an activity, glossary, index and sources for further study. Part of the "Prehistoric Life" series. 2004, Weigl Publishers, Ages 9 to 12.
Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.