Giant Ground Sloth

Giant Ground Sloth

by Marc Zabludoff, Peter Bollinger
     
 

Slow, heavy steps rumble through the woods. The steps grow louder as a single, shockingly large animal lurches into view. Its body is almost bearlike. But it is much, much larger than any bear. With its blunt snout it looks more like a hugely overgrown hamster---a hamster the size of an elephant. The large beast moves slowly and strangely, swaying from side to side

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Slow, heavy steps rumble through the woods. The steps grow louder as a single, shockingly large animal lurches into view. Its body is almost bearlike. But it is much, much larger than any bear. With its blunt snout it looks more like a hugely overgrown hamster---a hamster the size of an elephant. The large beast moves slowly and strangely, swaying from side to side. Near a tall, broad-leafed tree it stops to eat. Lions prowl on the edge of the woods searching for food. They catch the scent of the beast, but they show no interest. No one cares to disturb it, not while it's eating---not at any other time, either. This is the Giant Ground Sloth!

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Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Fuzzy and soft-looking with small eyes, weighing no more than 10 pounds, a sloth does not seem like the type of animal one would call a "beast." But the giant ground sloth was not your typical modern sloth; rather, it grew as large as twenty feet from its nose to the end of its tail and weighed close to 8,000 pounds. That is as much as an elephant, and yet the giant creature could stand on its back legs to reach the leafy treetops. Readers learn about this little-known animal, 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 5–8—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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761439974
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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