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Giant Ground Sloth

Giant Ground Sloth

by Janet Riehecky

The giant ground sloth was a huge hairy mammal as big as an elephant. Read more about this prehistoric animal in Giant Ground Sloths.


The giant ground sloth was a huge hairy mammal as big as an elephant. Read more about this prehistoric animal in Giant Ground Sloths.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debby Willett
The giant ground sloths were huge hairy mammals that had thick, brown hair that covered their bodies. They lived in caves in North and South America 1.9 million years ago during the prehistoric times. The giant ground sloth's appearance was that of a bear—and it had a bear-like snout. They were as large as elephants and weighted about 6,000 pounds, or 2,720 kilograms. Their claws were sharp and when they walked their claws curled. Giant ground sloths walked slowly, perhaps because of the curled claws, and used their strong tails for balance. They stood up to eat plants, using their long tongues to pull down the leaves to eat. The fossils of the giant ground sloth can be found in museums. No one knows why they died out about 8,000 thousand years ago. At the end of this picture book is a glossary that includes the following terms from the text: balance, claw, fossil, mammal, museum, prehistoric, and snout. Information about additional resources, a web link, and an index can be found at the end of the book. The colorful pictures of the giant ground sloth are realistic and yet fascinating. Children should be enthralled by the pictures as they are read to and eventually learn the text. The vocabulary used for the intended grade level is appropriate and engaging. The science of the prehistoric life is detailed enough to encourage further reading yet simple enough for age appropriate comprehension. Reviewer: Debby Willett

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals Series
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Riehecky is a longtime writer for children. She has worked as a high school English teacher, a college professor, and a children's book editor. Her 24 volume series Dinosaurs! won the Summit Award for Best Children's Nonfiction, presented by the Society of Midland Authors, and her Tasmanian Tiger was a Junior Library Guild selection. Janet loves to collect dinosaur bones. On a dig in western Colorado, she dug up the first bone found of a brand new dinosaur, the Mymoorapelta.

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