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Introduces, in text and illustrations, a variety of prehistoric animals whose fossilized remains have provided scientists with clues about their physical characteristics and the environment in which they lived.
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PreSchool-Grade 3 Aesthetically and emotionally, this book will please the children who read it. Gibbons' typical colorful art makes the large prehistoric animals appear non-threatening, and they certainly will not generate any nightmares. Scientifically, there are some carps. The first page shows the last of the dinosaurs becoming extinct in a snowstorm, yet no one knows exactly why the dinosaurs vanished from the earth. From the placement of the labels for the Mammoth and the Mastodon, readers cannot tell which is which. Sizes for several animals are missing. Perhaps most upsetting is the time-line near the end of the book. While animal names such as unitatherium and platybelodon are used here (and elsewhere), Gibbons does not give the scientific names for the various geologic periods, so one finds no mention of Paleocene, Eocene, or Pleistocene . Instead, there are arrows pointing vaguely to ``54 million years ago,'' ``2 million years ago,'' and so on. Given gaps of up to 19 million years, some animals are listed in the same period here whose ages might never have overlapped. And children who delight in mouthing the wonderful names of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals will miss sounding out the geologic names as well. Small carps, perhaps, but troublesome nonetheless. Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, N.Y.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Holiday House, 1988. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0823407071
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