T. Rex: Hunter or Scavenger? (Step into Reading Series #5): Jurassic Park Institute

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Was Tyrannosaurus rex a speedy and savage hunter, or was it a slow-moving scavenger, surviving on scraps left from other dinosaurs’ kills? World renowned tyrannosaur expert Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., shares the evidence on both sides of the argument in this easy-to-read, easy-to-understand Step into Reading book that young dinosaur enthusiasts will heartily devour.

Discusses evidence fom paleontologists showing that Tyrannosaurus rex...

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Overview

Was Tyrannosaurus rex a speedy and savage hunter, or was it a slow-moving scavenger, surviving on scraps left from other dinosaurs’ kills? World renowned tyrannosaur expert Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., shares the evidence on both sides of the argument in this easy-to-read, easy-to-understand Step into Reading book that young dinosaur enthusiasts will heartily devour.

Discusses evidence fom paleontologists showing that Tyrannosaurus rex both hunted and scavenged for food.

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There's something special to look forward to at the end of this month if you are a younger reader with a passion for dinosaurs!

T.Rex: Hunter or Scavenger? is the Juassic Park Institute's latest contribution to junior reading and judging from the spontaneous reaction from my young, next door neighbour, this book will be well and repeatedly read. The debate about T. Rex's approach to matters "culinary" is ongoing and this is reflected in Dr. Holtz's latest offering. His conclusion...like most carnivores of today, T. Rex was both a scavenger AND a hunter.

Michael Skrepnick's illustrations are clear and concise and well suited to the target audience. The text captures the imagination of juniors.

Debby Chessin

A "giant" among small books, T. Rex: Hunter or Scavenger? will capitalize on students' fascination for dinosaurs. The text is clear and appropriate for grades 2-4, and the drawings are colorful, correct, and clear. This small, inexpensive paperback book features an evenhanded and engaging approach.

When I was eight years old, I remember being in awe of the fantastic dinosaur exhibit in our museum. This book brings back the thrill. Opening scene: T.  rex is in search of its next meal. Vivid adjectives and "sound effect" words (onomatopoeia) make the thunder lizard's feeding ground come alive. Then the author stops abruptly and asks the reader if this is the only true portrayal of the way T. rex hunted. What ensues is a scientifically balanced portrayal of the way paleontologists use fossil clues to answer questions about what T.  rex looked like and how it survived - both as hunter and as scavenger-in prehistoric times. One of the more interesting aspects of this book is the comparison of modern carnivores such as lions and tigers to the T. rex, allowing students to view the characteristics of extinct animals through the lens of more familiar animals.

This exciting yet honest look at the nature and science of paleontology supports the National Science Education content standard G for students in grades K-4: The History and Nature of Science as well as content standard C:

Life Science.The format lends this book to be an excellent resource for a research center for individual or small group work.


Associate Professor of Elementary Science and Math Education from NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Recommends at nsta.org
Dr. Robert T. Bakker
The best kid rex book ever done!
Wyoming Dinosaur International Society
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375812972
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/25/2003
  • Series: Step into Reading Series , #5
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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