What Did Dinosaurs Eat?: And Other Things You Want to Know about Dinosaurs

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Dinosaurs roamed Earth millions of years ago, but they still fascinate kids today. The mysterious lives of these "terrible lizards" often elicit a volley of questions. Were all dinosaurs fierce? How fast could they run? Did dinosaurs fly? Were they meat-eaters, plant-eaters -- or both? In What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, the simple question-and-answer format and realistic illustrations answer some of the most common queries kids have about dinosaurs. This book also incorporates a glossary of dinosaur names and how to ...
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Overview

Dinosaurs roamed Earth millions of years ago, but they still fascinate kids today. The mysterious lives of these "terrible lizards" often elicit a volley of questions. Were all dinosaurs fierce? How fast could they run? Did dinosaurs fly? Were they meat-eaters, plant-eaters -- or both? In What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, the simple question-and-answer format and realistic illustrations answer some of the most common queries kids have about dinosaurs. This book also incorporates a glossary of dinosaur names and how to pronounce them, as well as a listing of dinosaur-related Web sites.

Dinosaurs roamed the Earth millions of years ago, but they still fascinate us today. Big or small? Fast or slow? Meat-eaters, plant-eaters--or both? By carefully studying fossils, scientists have been able to answer many interesting questions about the lives of these "terrible lizards"!

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Fourteen commonly asked questions about dinosaurs and what their fossilized remains tell scientists are succinctly answered. Accompanying dino illustrations are sure to engage any young child who has developed an interest in dinosaurs. 2001, Kids Can Press, $12.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: M. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Children's Literature
Who would have guessed that there were dinosaurs the size of chickens? As far as intelligence, though, dinosaurs are compared to modern day lizards, birds and crocodiles. It is believed that dinosaurs came in all colors depending on their natural needs. The fiercest were brightly colored because they did not have to hide from anyone. The slower, less aggressive dinosaurs were drab colors like brown and tan to help them conceal themselves in the brush. MacLeod does a nice job of presenting basic dinosaur information within this text. However, some of the author's own questions are unanswered, leaving room for improvement. For instance, there is a question, "Were all dinosaurs fierce?" The response is that some were fierce hunters, with no indication that others could have been gentle as pets, which is what my kids wanted to know. It is a good starter book for the younger kids, though. 2001, Kids Can Press, $12.95. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer:Scott S. Floyd
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-A slavering Tyrannosaurus with bloody jaws is the eye-catching cover lure for this slim question-and-answer book. Fourteen frequently asked questions are each given a spread complete with a brief one-paragraph answer and a dramatically realistic illustration of a suitable saurian. Teeth, spikes, claws, horns, and whiplike tails stalk across the pages in a steady parade sure to entice young dinophiles (one pterosaur is included). A closing page lists the names, pronunciations, and meanings of the reptiles depicted. While there are many better dinosaur books on this level already on your shelves (and this one provides nothing in the way of new information), still, with Sauv 's nifty acrylics as bait, it won't gather any dust shelf-sitting.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Well designed to get the attention of younger dinophiles, this combines simple answers to simple questions with big, finely detailed portraits of 17 toothy, tough-looking examples. Some of MacLeod's information, such as a reference to Parasaurolophus's "long, low call," may be iffy, and she answers the question, "Could dinosaurs fly?" with a bait-and-switch discussion of flying reptiles, but the vivid writing-"Tyrannosaurus was one of the biggest meat-eating dinosaurs. Its teeth were as long as bananas! Tyrannosaurus was always hungry. It would even eat smelly dead dinosaurs"-is as riveting as Sauves's art. A thank-you to a dinosaur expert is the only author resource noted, but a trio of Web sites and a pronunciation/translation chart of names bring this uneven crowd-pleasing primer to a strong close. (Nonfiction. 5-8)
Quill & Quire
Overall, this is a well-designed, visually entertaining introduction to dinosaurs for the preschooler.
Books for Growing Minds
A simple question-and-answer text and realistic illustrations address some of the most common queries kids have about dinosaurs, incorporating a glossary of dinosaur names with pronunciations and a listing of dinosaur-related web sites.
From the Publisher
Overall, this is a well-designed, visually entertaining introduction to dinosaurs for the preschooler.

Well designed to get the attention of younger dinophiles, this combines simple answers to simple questions with big, finely detailed portraits of 17 toothy, tough-looking examples,... the vivid writing – “Tyrannosaurus was one of the biggest meat-eating dinosaurs. Its teeth were as long as bananas! Tyrannosaurus was always hungry. It would even eat smelly dead dinosaurs” - is as riveting as Sauve’s art.

Teeth, spikes, claws, horns and whiplike tails stalk across the pages in a steady parade sure to entice young dinophiles (one pterosaur is included). A closing page lists the names, pronunciations, and meanings of the reptiles depicted.

A simple question-and-answer text and realistic illustrations address some of the most common queries kids have about dinosaurs, incorporating a glossary of dinosaur names with pronunciations and a listing of dinosaur-related web sites.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553374602
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,204,387
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: IG600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series; numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series; Why Do Horses Have Manes?; What Did Dinosaurs Eat?; and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.
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