Woolly Mammoth

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What was life like for the woolly mammoth, who roamed the Earth starting over 100,000 years ago? What did these big shaggy beasts eat? Did they have enemies? Did they have families? Did they have fun? In this book, Mick Manning and Brita Granström show that woolly mammoths were the powerhouses of their time, braving terrible climates and fending off natural predators, the most terrifying of which were human beings! These fascinating creatures appear in their natural habitat, grazing, fighting, and even relaxing ...
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Overview


What was life like for the woolly mammoth, who roamed the Earth starting over 100,000 years ago? What did these big shaggy beasts eat? Did they have enemies? Did they have families? Did they have fun? In this book, Mick Manning and Brita Granström show that woolly mammoths were the powerhouses of their time, braving terrible climates and fending off natural predators, the most terrifying of which were human beings! These fascinating creatures appear in their natural habitat, grazing, fighting, and even relaxing and playing with their mates and offspring. Fact-checked by mammoth expert Professor Adrian Lister, the book highlights the latest discoveries about the species and includes a glossary, an illustrative fact strip, and a geological timeline. The authors’ trademark poetic text and vibrant illustrations bring the beasts to life for young readers.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—In keeping with their usual style, Manning and Granström pair rhyming couplets, in this case describing the life of a mammoth, alongside columns of information. Simple pencil drawings fill sidebars with specific details about these huge beasts, including their habitat and natural enemies, their physical characteristics and behavior. Emphasis is placed on how primitive humans hunted mammoths to survive. Bright watercolor-over-pencil paintings dominate the pages, which feature simple stanzas that deliver the mammoth's side of the story: "My massive tusks can push, dig or slice/As I forage for plants beneath snow and ice./I'm a veggie warrior with bull-neck power!/Yet my delicate truck can pick the tiniest flower./I am a gentle giant." While occasionally forced, these rhymes carry the tone of the accompanying facts.—Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
This newest wooly mammoth title, written in rhythmic bouncy verse, hopes to wow the youngest Ice Age fans with facts wrapped in an exciting frozen package. Across a watercolor backdrop of cold blues, greens and pinks a herd of mammoths crosses the icy endpapers. Immediately after the title page, the head mammoth gives readers a literally hairy eyeball in close-up. "Look at me!" it commands. "A chieftain of the elephant race, / A big hairy beastie with a big hairy face." The mammoth explains the dangerous life it leads, always on the lookout for predators. Humans in particular have clever ways of catching the wooly beasts for a meal, and readers see their tricks, traps and cave paintings. Helpful sidebars throughout the text give additional information about mammoths and the humans that hunted them. Hardcore mammoth lovers may find something new here while new converts will be won over. Some of the verse strains to scan, but overall it's a strong new mammoth addition. The book ends with the mammoth declaring, "Remember me!" Readers will have little difficulty doing so. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 4-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845078607
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,431,343
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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