Dire Wolf

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Another bright, warm day and the sunlight sparkles off the ripples on the surface of the sea. It practically hums with the busy motion of life. Fish of all sizes and colors glisten as they dart about, their bodies and tails vibrating from side to side. A giant is gliding through the water as well just below the surface. Its head rises above the water. The ancient king of the seas has arrived-Basilosaurus!

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Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Based on their bones and teeth, scientists gave this creature a name that meant "wolves that were terrifying and horrible." In reality, the name may have been an overstatement, and Bollinger's illustrations—although fierce—make the dire wolf seem a very close relative to the modern wolf. Perhaps, that is partly due to its relatively recent extinction, estimated to have occurred ten thousand years ago. Readers learn about this little-known carnivore, including what it may have looked like, when it lived, where its fossils have been found, and more. Peter Bollinger's vivid, full-page illustrations combine traditional airbrush and digital illustration methods to enhance readers' understanding of the featured beast and its environment. A few remarks are highlighted in the book's margins, but the pages are generally free of such clutter, allowing readers to focus on Zabludoff's engaging text. Like the other books in the "Prehistoric Beasts" series, this includes a timeline of the creature's existence, a glossary of relevant terms (highlighted in the body of the text), a bibliography of additional resources (book, DVD, and online), and an index. This book, and the series as a whole, would be a good selection for elementary school or public libraries. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
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Gr 5–8—The dire wolf was a stockier version of the gray wolf but had a smaller brain. Gastornis was a six- or seven-foot bird that weighed between 200 and 400 pounds and had stumplike wings. The giant ground sloth was about 20 feet long, weighed 4 tons, and could stand on its hind legs to reach leaves high in trees. Each book describes the possible life and appearance of the creature and what may have caused its extinction. Zabludoff also discusses where its bones were found and what the land was like when it was alive. In bright color illustrations, Bollinger convincingly portrays the possible appearance of these animals. Background vegetation often looks real, but the animals appear to hover on top of it, not quite blending in. Additional purchases.—Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761439981
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Prehistoric Beasts Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

The Arrival of the King 7

A Long Tale of the Whale 9

Walk Like a Whale 12

A Warmer World 17

Desert Tales 21

A Vanishing Kingdom 25

Timeline 27

Glossary 28

Find Out More 29

Index 30

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