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I Wonder Why Fish Grew Legs and Other Questions about Prehistoric Life
     

I Wonder Why Fish Grew Legs and Other Questions about Prehistoric Life

by Jackie Gaff
 

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"What were the ice ages?", "When did reptiles appear?", and "Where did birds come from?" are questions that children will be able to answer after reading this fascinating book about the beginning of life on Earth.

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"What were the ice ages?", "When did reptiles appear?", and "Where did birds come from?" are questions that children will be able to answer after reading this fascinating book about the beginning of life on Earth.

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“This appealing little book, fun for sharing with an adult or browsing through with a like-minded friend, will surely inspire further research...At its modest price, this representative of the "I Wonder Why" series is a real treasure for future paleontologists. ” —Children's Literature
Children's Literature
This 32-page book is crammed with interesting information, starting with the definition of prehistory and ending with tales about the first farmers. That's a lot of territory to cover but this book does it well. The distinctive layout helps organize and separate the information by having a main text set in a serif typeface accented with supplementary bits of information set in san serif type. Section headings ask questions that rouse the curiosity—"When did plants get a foothold on land?" "Which insect was as big as a bird?" Illustrations that reinforce the descriptions include both realistic representations and clever cartoons. Crisp analogies insure that children comprehend and remember unfamiliar facts. For instance, the size of a newborn marsupial is compared to a jelly baby candy. This picture book includes a table of contents and index to make it a useful reference book, as well as one to be read and enjoyed. Despite the wealth of information that makes the book suitable for older children, four-year-olds interested in the world about them will also appreciate this recent addition to the "I Wonder Why" series of books. Adults interested in prehistoric life would also find this book an excellent place to start. 2001, Kingfisher/Larousse Kingfisher Chambers, $11.95. Ages 4 up. Reviewer:Janet Crane Barley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753457627
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
I Wonder Why Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Jackie Gaff has over 20 years' experience in illustrated books for children. Previously a nonfiction editor, she is now a full-time author with a real commitment to, and enthusiasm for, creating books that children both want and are able to read. Gaff is also the author of three other I Wonder Why books: I Wonder Why Fish Grew Legs, I Wonder Why Mountains Have Snow on Top, and I Wonder Why the Sahara Is Cold at Night

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