Meat-Eating Dinosaurs: The Theropods

Meat-Eating Dinosaurs: The Theropods

by Thom Holmes

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Children's Literature
The credentials of the authors and illustrator are presented on the opening pages. Readers learn that Thom Holmes is a natural history writer who specializes in dinosaurs and his wife is a science writer, editor, and former teacher. The illustrator, Skrepnick, is a paleo artist who resides in Alberta, Canada close to a rich field of dinosaur fossils. Also different is the opening chapter, which is a fictitious account of a few days in the life of a Tyrannosaurus, one of the largest and most fearsome of the meat-eating dinosaurs. The text contains facts about the dinosaurs in this group and presents time-lines, maps and black-and-white drawings to help readers understand how these dinosaurs developed, what they looked like, and their location in the world. For report writers this is a rich resource that delves into topics such as anatomy, reproduction, major discoveries, theories of extinction, currently known theropods including who described /discovered them and when the dinosaur was named. Chapter notes, a glossary, annotated list for additional reading and a list of Internet addresses, plus a detailed index round out this book. 2001, Enslow, $20.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Not another dinosaur book! Not so fast, please read on. The Dinosaur Library is a series of small, easy-to-hold books that provide in-depth study for one group of dinosaurs. The books are organized similarly with much overlapping of general information on dinosaurs, such as origins, the geologic timetable, physiology, and extinction. "Tyrannosaurus Attack," a captivating fictional anecdote, introduces Meat-Eating Dinosaurs, and "Death Trap" introduces the Gigantic Long-Necked Plant-Eating Dinosaurs. Feeding adaptations and defenses are significant for the plant-eaters, and killing tactics are emphasized for the meat-eaters. Descriptions of discoveries of the selected group of dinosaurs include the significance of the finding and are listed at the end of the book with dates and names of the people involved. A bibliography at the end of each chapter, suggestions for further reading, and Internet addresses will encourage students to extend their interest. The controversies involving extinction and debate over whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded are presented with the evidences and limitations for each theory. Scientific vocabulary, classification, and anatomical details meet the difficult criteria as both scientifically solid and highly readable. Younger students will not be intimidated, but even the most sophisticated senior will be impressed with the content. These are valuable teacher resources, particularly in interdisciplinary study. The horned dinosaurs, the peaceful plant-eating dinosaurs, and the feathered dinosaurs are covered in other volumes in this series. One volume stands as a complete study for that particular group, but you will want each of these books in your library.Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Enslow, 128p. PLB $20.95. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer: Marilyn Brien SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
The Dinosaur Library
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Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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