Hard-headed Dinosaurs

Hard-headed Dinosaurs

by Robin Birch

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It seems like new dinosaurs and facts about these creatures are revealed almost daily. Certainly there are many, many more than when I first learned about these beasts that roamed and ruled the Earth millions of years ago. Kids never seem to get enough and even though these names are polysyllabic, they seem to roll off their tongues (for those of us less gifted there is a pronunciation guide). This series, "Dinosaur World," features a major and often familiar dinosaur name and its relatives. The format is similar in each book—an introduction and explanation of how scientists have learned about dinosaurs by studying fossils. The triceratops belongs to the family of dinosaurs with hard bone covering their heads and they tended to be herbivores. The pictures are based on the bone structures that have been discovered and a guess as to what the coloration may have been. Most of the hardheaded dinosaurs depicted blend in with the vegetation that they ate. The illustrations have text superimposed and in some cases these call-outs provide additional information, but in most cases they repeat a sentence or phrase from the text. The dinosaurs as introduced are pictured next to a mature human being to give a sense of scale—hopefully it will not lead to kids' thinking that dinosaurs and people existed at the same time. One of the more interesting hardheaded dinosaurs is the psittacosaurus, which has many characteristics shared with today's parrots; many of these dinosaurs lived in herds. Each book in the series ends with a list of the dinosaurs' names and their meanings, a glossary and a short index. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
Dinosaur World Series
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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