Gastornis

Gastornis

by Marc Zabludoff, Peter Bollinger
     
 

In the Middle of a thick forest a pair of small dog-size animals happily nibble at the tender leaves of a low-growing bush. Above them, birds flit through the treetops, filling the hot, moist air with honks and shrill whistles. Another bird is also on the scene. But this one is quiet to stands upright, and not on a tree but next to it, on the ground. This bird is

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In the Middle of a thick forest a pair of small dog-size animals happily nibble at the tender leaves of a low-growing bush. Above them, birds flit through the treetops, filling the hot, moist air with honks and shrill whistles. Another bird is also on the scene. But this one is quiet to stands upright, and not on a tree but next to it, on the ground. This bird is huge, at least 6 feet tall. Without pausing to think, the small animals whirl away from the bushes and start running wildly through the forest. Right behind them the feathered beast runs, its huge feet thundering on the ground. Nearly on top of the panicked animals, the bird opens it enormous beak and slices downward. The giant bird is Gastornis!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Picture an enormous, thick-legged bird over six feet tall. Imagine that it is lurking behind you, unnoticed, until the moment when its large, sharp beak slices downward. Marc Zabludoff's detailed, first-chapter description of the Gastornis hunting small, prehistoric deer will leave the impression of looming danger in readers' thoughts long after they turn to the factual chapters that follow. Readers learn all about this little-known bird, including what it may have looked like, when it lived, how it may have evolved from dinosaurs, 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
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up—Three of our most scenic and popular national parks are introduced to students. Yellowstone examines the park's unique geology, most visited locations, and its diverse wildlife that makes it known as "America's Serengeti." Grand Canyon covers the 1960s controversy over proposals to dam sections of the Colorado River in the park, the park's varied ecosystems, and the diversity of human and natural sites within its boundaries. Yosemite describes the park's ecosystem and geologic wonders, the historical and contemporary efforts to preserve its sequoia trees, and the value of the work done by John Muir and Ansel Adams in the establishment and protection of the park. Technical quality is outstanding. Most of the visuals are beautiful high definition live-action footage of park locations, supplemented with period stills and illustrations and the comments of National Park rangers, historians, and geologists. The films offer general information about the beauty, history, and importance of the parks in a format and time frame that is suitable for classroom use, but they would have been improved by a more logical, sequential organization covering the history and establishment of the parks at the beginning of each production. In spite of that weakness, the subject matter is timely, and they could be used in history, science, or geography classes, making them a good supplemental selection for secondary collections.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761440000
Publisher:
Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Prehistoric Beasts Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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