Great Extinctions of the Past

Great Extinctions of the Past

by Randi Mehling
     
 

Great Extinctions of the Past traces the rise and fall of prehistoric species and includes discussion about the time-honored and often-challenged theories regarding the five biggest extinctions on Earth. The troubling question of whether or not we are heading toward another mass extinction is also explored.  See more details below

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Great Extinctions of the Past traces the rise and fall of prehistoric species and includes discussion about the time-honored and often-challenged theories regarding the five biggest extinctions on Earth. The troubling question of whether or not we are heading toward another mass extinction is also explored.

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Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
Written for the curious-minded reader, Great Extinctions of the Past traces the rise and fall of prehistoric species and includes discussion about the time-honored and often-challenged theories regarding the five biggest extinctions on Earth. The troubling question of whether or not we are heading toward another mass extinction is also explored. Randi Mehling, a published poet and essayist with a master's degree in public health, has authored several nonfiction science and health books for young readers, including three titles for this publisher This book is from Chelsea House's "Scientific American" series for young readers, which is produced in conjunction with Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States. The books in this series use clear, concise language to provide young readers with an in-depth look at some of the most compelling topics in science. Each book features the scientific explanations and history behind a subject as well as the modern-day tie-ins familiar to most readers of any age. The book is top-quality and includes many wonderfully-reproduced pictures, a glossary, a bibliography, an index, an author's blurb, picture credits, and a section of "further explanation."
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8- Jedicke highlights inventions that changed people's lives, showing how innovations and technologies are interdependent and are continuously being improved to be safer and more efficient. For instance, air conditioners once used hazardous substances, but today the chemicals used are better for the environment. The text is simple, clear, and concise. Unfamiliar words are in bold to refer readers to the glossary, but are also explained within the text. Mehling takes a look at mass extinctions, specifically the dinosaurs, and explores why they happened. He also discusses way to conserve our environment to prevent future extinctions. The ideas in this book are more difficult, but clearly explained. Unfamiliar words are also in bold, but they are not defined in the text. Some potentially unfamiliar words, like "paleontologist," are not in the glossary, while other more common words, such as "predictable" or "mammal" are included. Both books have engaging narratives and captioned color photos throughout. These titles are worthy additions for libraries needing current information on these topics.-Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Marine Park, NY

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ISBN-13:
9780791090497
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Series:
Scientific American Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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