Where Did Dinosaurs Come From? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series, Stage 2)

Overview

Stegosaurus had spikes along its back. Triceratops had long, sharp horns. Tyrannosaurus rex was enormous. Millions and millions of years before the first people lived, these fascinating creatures ruled the Earth. To find out where they came from, you have to look way back in time . . . 3.5 billion years ago! Come explore the biggest mystery of all: Where did dinosaurs come from? Read and find out!

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Overview

Stegosaurus had spikes along its back. Triceratops had long, sharp horns. Tyrannosaurus rex was enormous. Millions and millions of years before the first people lived, these fascinating creatures ruled the Earth. To find out where they came from, you have to look way back in time . . . 3.5 billion years ago! Come explore the biggest mystery of all: Where did dinosaurs come from? Read and find out!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michelina P. Bonanno
This Stage 2 title from the "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science" series asks an interesting question, but fails to answer it in a clear and interesting way. The colorful illustrations offer a hint of excitement—the cover page poses dinosaur skeletons walking in a line in the moonlight casting full blown shadows of the dinosaurs they were, in the flesh. The time line depicting the evolution of dinosaurs and their eventual extinction promises to offer the readers some pithy information in an exciting manner, but this book falls short of meeting that promise. The information presented here is factual, confusing, and boring. Although the names of the various creatures are printed next to their pictures as they occur in the text, there is no pronunciation key next to them, so young and old may struggle to pronounce their names. There is a glossary in the back which offers this in alphabetical order, but who wants to turn to the back of the book for a list of names. There is also another time line in the back of the book that illustrates more clearly the animals that occurred during the various ages. This book is not an easy read aloud book, nor is it as engaging as it might be. Whoever said that researching the origin of the dinosaurs needed to be confusing and boring? Let us hope that the other Stage 2 books, Digging up Dinosaurs, and Dinosaur Tracks are written in a more engaging style so that future generations of scientists will keep asking interesting questions and searching for answers. Reviewer: Michelina P. Bonanno, Ph.D
ALA Booklist
Praise for Dinosaurs Big and Small: “Well focused and very appealing.”
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—This slim, colorful title is all about evolution, but, sadly, it never addresses what the term means and how it works. The brief text tries to cover everything from 3.5 billion-year-old stromatolites to the giants of the Cretaceous period but makes some jumps that might seriously puzzle neophytes to the evolutionary branchings of life. Think of why the large dicynodonts and gorgons of the late Permian ended up as squirrel-sized mammals in the Cretaceous, for example. The colorful illustrations portray the ever-evolving parade of interesting critters (some sure to be unfamiliar to many young readers), and all those with "ID tags" are described in the glossary (which contains no definitions per se). Nicely, one clear combo of text and illustration demonstrates the essential differences between the skulls of a Gorgonops and an Archosaurus, showing how that difference defines dinosaurs appearing higher on the evolutionary tree. Covering the development of tough-shelled eggs and the emergence of huge true sauropods, the interesting text is sure to raise a plethora of questions in readers not up on the evolutionary process. Eye-catching and on the ever-hot topic of dinos, this slender book will certainly attract children's attention, but they will be left asking for more information.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060290221
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series: Stage 2
  • Pages: 37
  • Sales rank: 1,237,403
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is the award-winning author of more than sixty books, including Dinosaur Tracks, "a great choice for even the most discriminating dinophiles" (School Library Journal); Did Dinosaurs Have Feathers?, a Children's Book of the Month Club selection described as "fascinating" by Kirkus Reviews; and Dinosaurs Big and Small, a 2003 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award winner. When she's not reading, researching, writing, or editing, Kathleen loves to spend her free time exploring, doing fieldwork, and preparing fossils in the laboratory for her local natural history museums. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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