Pteranodon: The Life Story of a Pterosaur

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The time is 100 million years ago. Dinosaurs rule the earth . . . but pterosaurs-flying reptiles-rule the skies!

Similar to the format of the Discovery Channel's Walking With Dinosaurs and Discovery Kids' Prehistoric Planet, this action-packed book tells the story of a young Pteranodon from its first flight, first hunt, and first near brush with death-evading raptors and a T. rex-to finding a mate. The and illustrator both base their story on...
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Overview

The time is 100 million years ago. Dinosaurs rule the earth . . . but pterosaurs-flying reptiles-rule the skies!

Similar to the format of the Discovery Channel's Walking With Dinosaurs and Discovery Kids' Prehistoric Planet, this action-packed book tells the story of a young Pteranodon from its first flight, first hunt, and first near brush with death-evading raptors and a T. rex-to finding a mate. The and illustrator both base their story on new studies and theories from the field. The book includes a glossary, select bibliography, and research notes.

Author Bio: Ruth Ashby has written many award-winning nonfiction books for young people on biographical history, animal science, and natural history. She lives in New York City. Phil Wilson has provided illustrations for over thirty-five children's books as well as video-box art, posters, book covers, and even a dinosaur-based Monopoly game. He has also contributed to a range of journals, including National Geographic and Wild Outdoor World Magazine. Wilson lives in Pittsburgh.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Using field studies of the modern albatross as a jumping off place, Ashby imagines the life of a Pteranodon from its hatching to its successful mating years later. The simple text includes such dramatic moments as near-miss attacks by an unidentified raptor over land and an Elasmosaurus at sea, the latter episode assuming that the Pteranodon could take off from the water. Wilson's colorful interpretations of the fossil record provide eye-catching images to enhance the narrative. Appended notes provide the reasoning behind the author's extrapolations on the pterosaur's life cycle and behaviors and the artist's bright palette. A global map of the Late Cretaceous Period and a glossary with a pronunciation guide are included. For those not ready for Caroline Arnold's broader, more detailed Pterosaurs: Rulers of the Skies in the Dinosaur Age (Clarion, 2004) or Helen Sattler's handsome Pterosaurs: The Flying Reptiles (HarperCollins, 1985, o.p.), this is an attractive and a rewarding look at the possibilities in a long-lost life history.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Imagine a furry, flying dinosaur with a 28-foot wing span, soaring on leathery wings, catching a fishy supper and avoiding fatal battles with T. rex, Elasmosaurus, Tylosaurus and an unnamed raptor. Dinosaur lovers will enjoy this handsomely illustrated picture book full of drama and speculation about the life cycle of the American Pteranodon, a flying dinosaur that lived somewhere in Kansas over 100 million years ago, when the middle of North America was covered by the Niobrara Sea. The author notes that scientists are not sure if this species laid eggs, but most agree that Pteranodons were "a lot like birds." Using fossil findings and her imagination, she recreates the life cycle of one Pteranodon. Full-color illustrations show vivid orange and gold Pteranodons strutting, displaying their elaborately patterned wings, soaring over shallow seas and nesting on rocky ledges. These reptiles lacked the teeth and tail of their European cousins but are nonetheless impressive for their size. Concludes with a map of the Late Cretaceous, glossary, bibliography and notes. (Nonfiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810957787
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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