Raptor Pack (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 5 Book)

Raptor Pack (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 5 Book)

by Mike Skrepnick
     
 

Paleontologist Robert T. Bakker tells the amazing story of a day in the life of a pack of Deinonychus
(a.k.a.“raptor”) dinosaurs. Readers follow the creatures as they single out, kill, and devour an injured tenontosaur; climb up into a tree; fall asleep; and are themselves stalked by a giant predator. Includes an explanation of how scientists study… See more details below

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Paleontologist Robert T. Bakker tells the amazing story of a day in the life of a pack of Deinonychus
(a.k.a.“raptor”) dinosaurs. Readers follow the creatures as they single out, kill, and devour an injured tenontosaur; climb up into a tree; fall asleep; and are themselves stalked by a giant predator. Includes an explanation of how scientists study rocks and minerals; fossil roots, claws, teeth, and bones; and modern predators to understand raptor behavior.

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Dino Russ

This just released book takes the young reader back in time to when a pack of Deinonychus (a.k.a. "raptor") dinosaurs roamed. The author, Robert T. Bakker is one of the worlds best known dinosaur paleontologists and he is a good story teller. He gets the young reader right into the day in the life of these dinosaurs by describing the sites and sounds and what it was like when this pack singles out their prey. His story telling skills are well appreciated by the public and he again does a good job here. He uses the imagination of the reader to visualize what it must have been like. The reader then can also visualize what it must have been like with the help of excellent illustrations by the award-winning paleo artist Michael Skrepnick who works on restorations and reconstructions of newly described dinosaurs with many well-known dinosaur researchers.

The story woven by Dr. Bakker follows the single day in a life of these raptors as they track a heard of Tenontosaur (plant-eating dinosaurs that weighed about 1200 pounds) and they single out and kill, and devour one that is injured. They then climb up into a tree, falling asleep, and are in turned stalked by the giant predator (acrocanthosaur). He then goes on to explain how scientists study both the rocks, minerals, fossil plants, claws, teeth and bones, as well as modern predators and pray to understand how these "raptors" may have behaved.

By the time the reader is done he or she will have a good idea of how scientists are able to use all the evidence of the fossils (both dinosaurs and plants) along with the rocks to tell a story about how these fascinating creatures may have lived. For young readers in grades 2-4 this book is a must addition to any young dinosaur enthusiast that might be looking for more on these creatures. I have watched Dr. Bakker at meetings and how he engages both adults, and especially children, with his story telling abilities. As a story-teller Bob is able enthrall his audience, and get across to them the knowledge that he has acquired over the years. And in this book the reader will have a good chance to be captured by this story by one of my favorite story-telling paleontologists and acquaintance.
6/27/03, from DINO RUSS'S LAIR

Children's Literature
A paleontologist discusses what is known of the physical characteristics and behavior of Deinonychus, a member of the raptor family of dinosaurs. Raptors were a kick-boxing pack of hunters who could slice open a veggie-saur with a single stroke. They were tree-climbing cannibals who fed their babies the way eagles feed their chicks. Scientist "bone sleuths" follow them as they read rocks and fossils and study modern predators to figure out "who did what, where, and how?" during the Age of Dinosaurs. The large print, high interest and easy reading with pictures will meet the needs of young people with reading difficulties. This is a "Step Into Reading Step 5" book and is illustrated by Michael Skrepnick. If you like this book, look for more reading suggestion titles of Step into Reading books at the back of the book. The list is also useful for the adult who is helping with the choice of a book. These books have been successful with students and readers. 2003, Random House, Ages 7 to 9.
— Naomi Butler

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375823039
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/24/2003
Series:
Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 5 Book
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
545,293
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

What People are saying about this

Mike Taylor
Raptor Pack is a kids' book, aimed at grades 2-4. It aims very high: the goal is to demonstrate how the science of palaeontology actually works. And it achieves that goal admirably.

The approach is a very strong one: after a brief introduction in which Bob Bakker tells us who he is and what he does, chapter one is a "day in the life" story of a pack of Deinonychus (the eponymous raptors). They track, kill and eat a Tenontosaurus, climb a tree to avoid an Acrocanthosaurus and drive it away by vomiting bone fragments over it. All good stuff for kids! The remaining four chapters explain the science behind the story, showing how scientists form hypotheses from evidence. (It doesn't say much about argument and proof, but hey, what do you expect in 48 pages?)

Chapter two briefly discusses the exhumation and reconstruction of Deinonychus. Chapter three looks at its weaponry: the "killer claw", hind-leg muscle attachment sites, agility from the stiffened tail and suchlike. Chapter four looks at lifestyle inferences: raptors' ability to climb trees and evidence for pack-hunting. Chapter five identifies the raptors' victims by considering what else lived at the time and looking for "smoking gun" tooth crowns found with various corpses. It also considers how raptors likely expelled unwanted matter (by analogy with birds), and discusses parental care.

The effect of the whole is compelling; it's a real window into the way science can work for kids who are more often just presented with conclusions. If I were being picky, I'd say that the boundary between chapters 4 and 5 doesn't make much sense, but that hardly spoiled the book to the five-year-old I read it to - he loved it. And so do I.

Finally, as well as being written by Bakker, this books had input from Tom Holtz and Phil Currie, so those are big guns firing. Highly recommended.

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