Living with Dinosaurs

Living with Dinosaurs

by Patricia Lauber, Douglas Henderson
     
 

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For this marvelously evocative book, Patricia Lauber, the award-winning author of The News About Dinosaurs, has collaborated with artist Douglas Henderson, acclaimed for his pictures of prehistoric life. Together they take readers on a sight- and sound-filled tour of a vanished world that was shared by many animals, among them dinosaurs. It is a visit to remember.  See more details below

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For this marvelously evocative book, Patricia Lauber, the award-winning author of The News About Dinosaurs, has collaborated with artist Douglas Henderson, acclaimed for his pictures of prehistoric life. Together they take readers on a sight- and sound-filled tour of a vanished world that was shared by many animals, among them dinosaurs. It is a visit to remember.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This fitting companion to these collaborators' The News About Dinosaurs vividly recreates life 75 million years ago on a site near the present state of Montana. With almost novelistic narrative skill and a You Are Ther e immediacy, Lauber explores the habitats and habits of a variety of prehistoric life forms. In three chapters, she focuses on environment and ecosystems in and around the sea, the swamps and lowland areas and the more heavily forested uplands. The detailed text is paired with striking mixed-media illustrations; some have been created by Henderson for this book, others are reproductions of works in the Museum of the Rockies. An afterword, ``How We Know What We Know,'' offers intriguing insights into the origins of fossilized remains and methods of current scientific investigations. Numerous colorful maps and a useful index with pronunciations round out this informative and entertaining work. Ages 6-10. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Gwendolyn Bradley
Three chapters describe dinosaurs and other wildlife as they existed about 75 million years ago in what is now Montana. Different habitats are the focus of each chapter--the sea coast, lowlands, and uplands. The book is written in a colloquial present tense as a kind of virtual tour (for instance, "You see a number of shallow lakes"). This makes the subject matter engaging despite some pages thick in scientific names (and a handy pronunciation guide in the index is a boon to adults who may be reading this out loud!) Paintings and drawings of the landscapes and animals fill every page. An excellent touch is the brief fourth chapter that describes how scientists know what they know about the distant past. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-- An aptly named and engaging volume that takes readers on a lively tour of the dinosaurs' world. Senses are heightened as the smells and sounds of these exotic terrains are described. The journey begins in the abundant sea where children encounter six-foot-long Hesperornis, birds that cannot walk or fly. Through swamp, forest, and upland, the mighty and the minuscule are brought to life. Lauber describes the tiny, furry animals skittering across the forest floor and points out which trees and shrubs are cousins of plants on Earth today. Many of Henderson's paintings are handsome portraits that eloquently depict the easy grace of Pteranodons and the lush, shaded forest with its carpet of leaf litter. The touches of pastel and gouache add depth and drama to the prehistoric land, sky, and seascapes. The journey ends in the western United States where the first peaks of the Rocky Mountains are starting to thrust up. Lauber then returns to the present day and describes how scientists dig up the past. All of the illustrations are captioned. A logical page layout with double-spaced text and plenty of white background makes the book inviting and unimposing. This enjoyable offering gives a wealth of information and is indexed with a pronunciation key. Most libraries will want to own it as well as Lauber's The News about Dinosaurs (1989) and Dinosaurs Walked Here and Other Stories Fossils Tell (1987, both Bradbury). --Denia Lewis Hester, Dewey School, Evanston, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689826863
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Edition description:
1 ALADDIN
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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