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The Little Giant Book of Dinosaurs
     

The Little Giant Book of Dinosaurs

by Thomas R. Holtz, Terry Riley (Illustrator)
 
To this day, dinosaurs remain a never-ending source of fascination to children, who just can't get enough of these compelling creatures. Illustrations, picturing over 60 dinosaur types (including some new discoveries that appear here for the first time in a children's book), maps, and a guide to each individual species--plus an overall introduction to fossils--tell

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To this day, dinosaurs remain a never-ending source of fascination to children, who just can't get enough of these compelling creatures. Illustrations, picturing over 60 dinosaur types (including some new discoveries that appear here for the first time in a children's book), maps, and a guide to each individual species--plus an overall introduction to fossils--tell youngsters how and why all the dinosaurs developed as they did. Answer exactly the types of question kids want to know: How big were they? What did they eat? Where did they live? What do their names mean? This lively trip back to the Age of the Dinosaurs, from its beginnings in the Triassic period to the great extinction at the end of the Cretaceous, is guided by one of the major authorities in the field, Dr. Thomas Holtz, vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Maryland, whose specialty is the study of carnivorous dinosaurs.

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The 352 pages in this book that fits in your hand are chock full of information about dinosaurs from a dinosaur paleontologist at the University of Maryland. Dr. Holtz recaps dinosaur discoveries, how we know about these animals, where they came from and what they were like. He then presents information about dinosaurs categorized into five major groups¾ornithopods (beaked), marginocephalians (ridge heads), thyreophorans (armored), sauropodomorphs (long-necked plant eaters), theropods (birdlike meat eaters). Entries include a text description, size information, diet, a map to show where the remains have been discovered, the artist's black-and-white sketch, and a time bar running at the bottom of the page that identifies the period when the dinosaur lived. Holtz also subscribes to the theory that birds are descendents of dinosaurs and discusses the probably causes for their extinction (except for birds). His book ends where many books begin with an overview of the world of the dinosaurs. There is a glossary, lists showing the dinosaurs by epoch and geographic locale, and an index. This is a book that could be popped into a backpack and is one that will provide hours of enjoyment to dinosaur enthusiasts. 2001, Sterling, $6.95. Ages 7 up. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806973913
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Series:
Little Giant Books
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.31(w) x 5.13(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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College Park, MD

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