Published by Sterling Children’s Books
Summary: Sure, we all know T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops, but they weren’t the only vertebrates around in prehistoric times, not by a long shot. The rhyming text introduces some of the other key players, like the familiar saber-tooth cat and woolly mammoth, and the less-well known dunkleosteus and glyptodont. An introductory note from Dr. Mark A. Norrell, paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History starts things off, and a final author’s note puts the prehistoric eras into some perspective, comparing the 170 million years of dinosaurs with 200,000 years of modern humans. There’s also a bit more information on each animal and a timeline showing the different geologic time periods and which of the animals lived in each one. 40 pages; grades K-3.
Pros: There’s more to this book than meets the eye. Young dinosaur fans will enjoy learning about some new animals, but the front and end notes add a lot more information. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you may know what a fan I am of cut-paper illustrations, and these are right up there with Steve Jenkins’ work.
Cons: You might be sorry if you don’t glance at the pronunciation guides in the end matter before attempting a read aloud.