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Children's Literature
This book was written for young readers with little prior knowledge of dinosaurs. From it, they will learn basic information, such as the difference between a plant eater and a meat eater, what a fossil is, and where they are found. There are also correct pronunciations for particular dinosaur names located on several pages. Through the question and answer format, the reader will learn many interesting facts which will help them to explore even deeper into the world of dinosaurs. Soon, our young dinosaur researchers will have the basic knowledge and vocabulary used by paleontologists, so they can dig deeper into why scientists believe asteroids killed the dinosaurs by surfing the Smithsonian site or accessing other suggested links mentioned throughout the book. Here is an example of how old world text-publishing links with new world Internet technology to bring a more broad and fascinating world to readers. For its suggested audience, the Smithsonian nailed the appropriate format, providing action-packed photos, mesmerizing captions, and large, simple copy. Two things make this book different from other reference books. One is the “Meet the Paleontologist” section, in which Dr. Matthew Carrano answers questions ranging from what he does to why he does it. The other is the “Fun Facts” section at the end of the book that tells about the Smithsonian and Natural History museums. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
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Gr 3-5- This title poses 21 questions about these perennially popular creatures and answers them with a simple text accompanied by crisp photos and/or attractive artwork. Colorful backgrounds surround the text and provide extra visual spice to the many pronunciation balloons and links to inviting Web sites. A Mesozoic time line is provided, as is an interview with Dr. Matthew Carrano, a field paleontologist who is a curator at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Published under the aegis of the Smithsonian, this is not as challenging as Luis V. Rey's Extreme Dinosaurs (Chronicle, 2001), but will surely appeal to most young dinophiles and add a fresh, toothy Tyrannosaurus cover to those well-used 567.9s.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060899714
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah L. Thomson is the author of Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag, a Nebraska Golden Sower Award finalist; all the Wildlife Conservation Society I Can Read Books, including Amazing Tigers!, winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award; and What Lincoln Said, written with "admirable simplicity" (ALA Booklist). Sarah lives in Portland, Maine.

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Table of Contents

What is a dinosaur?     4
If dinosaurs lived long ago, how do we know about them?     6
Did every dinosaur become a fossil?     7
Who hunts for fossils?     9
What was the dinosaurs' world like?     11
Could dinosaurs fly?     12
Could dinosaurs swim?     14
How big were dinosaurs?     16
Were all dinosaurs big?     17
What did dinosaurs eat?     18
Did dinosaurs live alone?     20
What were dinosaur babies like?     22
How smart were dinosaurs?     24
What were a Tyrannosaurus rex's teeth for?     26
What were a Velociraptor's claws for?     28
What was a Sauroposeidon's neck for?     31
What was a Stegosaurus's tail for?     33
Did dinosaurs have feathers?     34
What happened to all the dinosaurs?     36
Did any dinosaurs survive?     38
Do we know everything about dinosaurs?     41
Mesozoic Era Time Line     42
Meet the Paleontologist     44
Glossary     46
More to See and Read     47
Index     48
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