The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book [NOOK Book]


Featuring more than 600 questions about dinosaurs—such as What dinosaurs are thought to have evolved into birds? Did dinosaurs travel in herds? and Where and what is the Dinosaur Freeway?—this fun-filled fact-book provides a wealth of information on the lives and habits of these astonishing creatures. From the Tyrannosaurus rex to the Stegosaurus, the guide profiles numerous species, chronicling their time on earth and exploring their roles in archaeological expeditions and museums today. Delightful and ...

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Featuring more than 600 questions about dinosaurs—such as What dinosaurs are thought to have evolved into birds? Did dinosaurs travel in herds? and Where and what is the Dinosaur Freeway?—this fun-filled fact-book provides a wealth of information on the lives and habits of these astonishing creatures. From the Tyrannosaurus rex to the Stegosaurus, the guide profiles numerous species, chronicling their time on earth and exploring their roles in archaeological expeditions and museums today. Delightful and intriguing, this comprehensive record includes the debates still surrounding the origins and fate of these creatures that dominated the earth for millions of years but seemed to disappear in the blink of an eye.

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Editorial Reviews

Dig: The Archaeology Magazine for Kids
Succinct, well-researched answers, photos and a Further Resource section make this exactly what it says, 'a smart reference.'
Midwest Book Review
Offers even more information that is sure to keep the interest of any dinosaur lover, young and old ... a fine addition to any community library science collection.
American Reference Books Annual
Simply and accurately written, it presents material in an easy-to-use and readable format. The title promises handy answers and it delivers them.
National Science Teachers Association Recommends
This collection of questions and answers about dinosaurs . . . lends itself to finding specific information in short sections. It will fascinate and motivate readers. Whether they read this book at length or just browse through it, readers will find it to be an excellent SOURCE: of fundamental knowledge about an interesting subject.
From the Publisher
"This is a good book for the general reader and for public libraries." —"American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science Books & Films: Your Online Review Guide to Science Resources for All Ages"
VOYA - Marilyn Brien
The student who simply cannot find enough information about dinosaurs will be delighted with this book that has an amazing wealth of information about dinosaurs. The place of the dinosaur in geologic time, theories about the origin and extinction of dinosaurs, anatomy and physiology, descriptions of various dinosaurs, and paleontological methods are all a part of this work. It is really a comprehensive study of dinosaurs, even if the format is asking simple questions. Many of the answers are indeed brief, such as when identifying a specific dinosaur. Other answers, such as comparing the largest and smallest dinosaurs, give rather in-depth answers. The colorful illustrations and lively text provide great browsing for students interested in dinosaurs. Instructions on how to find dinosaur bones and how to study dinosaurs will certainly appeal to a potential paleontologist. Several suggestions on resources for further dinosaur study are also valuable, but the lack of either a table of contents or an index limits its use for locating specific information both in the classroom or for personal study. Reviewer: Marilyn Brien
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Most children share an interest in dinosaurs. Along with that come questions about dinosaurs. Well, here are the answers in a text that will be accessible to advanced readers or parents of younger children. What are the oldest-known fossils? What were the teeth of a Tyrannosaurus rex like? The answers to these and many, many other questions can be found in these pages. But the book doesn't stop there; it is a wide-ranging, ambitious text. Just consider the section headings: "Forming Fossils," "Evolution of the Dinosaurs," "Triassic Period," "Jurassic Period," "Cretaceous Period," "Dinosaurs Inside and Out," "Dinosaur Behavior," "The End of Dinosaurs," "Dinosaur Connections," "Dinosaur Discoveries in North America," "International Dinosaur Discoveries," and "Learning More About Dinosaurs." Readers will appreciate the book's thorough index, as well as the topic-specific and audience-specific lists of books it provides. For the true dinosaur aficionados, guidance is given about paleontology as a career path. This is an exceptional resource on an engaging topic. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This revised question-and-answer book was not designed for life in a children's room. While some of the answers are simple enough, others are for adults. For example, one of the definitive characteristics of a dinosaur is described as " elongated deltopectoral crest on the humerus...and a well-developed ascending process on the astragalus," phrasing that is all but unapproachable without a scientific dictionary. However, dinophiles willing to sift through the text armed with said dictionary will find a lot to satisfy them, including the last chapter, which leads to information on digs, excavation techniques, equipment, fossil preparation, and educational requirements, plus a heap of further readings (many adult) and Web sites. Many small photographs and computer-generated images and some reproductions are scattered throughout, as are information boxes expounding on more common questions. A serious, often scholarly examination of a fascinating topic.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578593262
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Handy Answer Book Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,156,809
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Patricia Barnes-Svarney has been a science writer for more than 20 years, has a master’s degree in geography/geomorphology, and has worked professionally as an oceanographer. She is the author or coauthor of more than 30 books, including the award-winning New York Public Library Science Desk Reference. Thomas E. Svarney is a scientist, a naturalist, and an artist. They are the coauthors of The Handy Geology Answer Book, The Handy Math Answer Book, and The Handy Ocean Answer Book. He is the author of Skies of Fury: Weather Weirdness around the World and The Oryx Guide to Natural History. They live in Endicott, New York.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

    Great Book For All Ages!

    The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book
    By Thomas E. Svarney and Patricia Barnes-Svarney
    Review by Heather Mullard
    Ever wonder of what the Earth was like back in the age of the dinosaurs and even before? The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book isn’t just about dinosaurs; it explains where the Solar System came from, the early Earth’s early formations, the beginnings of life fossil formations and the evolution of dinosaurs.
    Thomas and Patricia really make you understand what the earth was like and how dinosaurs lived and how their fossils formed over billions of years. Some questions asked where; what and when were the ice ages? What are trace fossils? What were the smallest dinosaurs known in the Jurassic period? How many bones make up the average dinosaur skeleton? What did a dinosaur nest look like? What is a Dinosaur Ridge? In what northern locale were dinosaur footprints found in 1960? All these questions are answered and more in The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book.
    This book kind of has mystery to it, along with a nature and learning about the ecosystem. Thomas and Patricia really know how to keep you reading. They don’t just say the topic, they explain it and really make you feel like you lived back in time to see and understand these topics.
    What I liked in this book was most of my questions I had about dinosaurs were answered. I also learned new things about the beginning of earth, plate tectonics, and the first fossils founds.
    I really liked this book because there are so many questions that get answered like; what plants did herbivorous dinosaurs probably eat that are still present today? Answer: Decedents of conifers, flowering plants, horsetails, ferns, and cycads continue to grow today, and probably their ancestors served as metals for ancient herbivorous dinosaurs.
    Thomas E. Svarney is a scientist, naturalist, and artist. With Patricia Barnes-Svarney, he is the author of various science books, including Skies of Fury, The Handy Geology Answer book, The Handy Ocean Answer Book, and The Handy Dinosaur Answer Book. I recommend you read his books if you want to learn more about anything. They will help you master the knowledge.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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