From the Set Introducing Dinosaurs
Commonly called the T-Rex, this fearsome beast is one of the most famous dinosaurs. Learn the truth about this awesome creature.
- What was Tyrannosaurus rex?
- What did T. rex look like?
- Was T. rex a hunter?
- What did T. rex do all day?
- How do we know about T. rex?
- Where have T. rex bones been found?
- Who finds the bones?
- Books and Web Sites
- About the Author and Illustrator
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.2|
|Guided Reading Level||M|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||9.5 x 8|
|Graphics||Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations|
A noteworthy review of Introducing Dinosaurs from Booklist on October 1, 2009
This title in the Introducing Dinosaurs series offers younger readers a visually appealing, simple introduction to the fearsome ‘tyrant lizard king.’ The text is simple and straightforward. Gray uses everyday objects familiar to children to detail the physical characteristics of T. rex, describing its teeth as ‘larger than bananas,’ its weight ‘as much as four cars,’ and its head ‘the size of a refrigerator.’ Vocabulary words defined in a glossary are highlighted in the text. Squier’s illustrations depicts a toothy T. rex with red-hued skin, tigerlike stripes on its back, and a yellowish underbelly—a beast with a menacing but not overly frightening appearance. Photographs of dinosaur skeletons in museums and of paleontologists at work are included, as is a map showing where T. rex fossils have been found. Further reading, a glossary, and an index close out this succinct offering.
Author: Susan H. Gray
Susan Heinrichs Gray holds BS and MS degrees in Zoology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She also attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman where she studied film production. Mrs. Gray has taught classes in General Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Film Animation, and Graphics for Scientists. She also has worked as a freshwater biologist and scientific illustrator. In her 25 years as a writer, Mrs. Gray has covered a wide range of topics. She has written science books for children, newsletters for business owners, health education materials for patients, and drug reports for pharmaceutical companies. However, she especially enjoys writing nonfiction books for children. This gives her an opportunity to research current events and make them interesting to young readers. Susan enjoys gardening, traveling, and playing the piano. She and her husband, Michael, live in Cabot, Arkansas, with their dog and four cats.
Illustrator: Robert Squier
Robert Squier has illustrated dozens of books for children. He enjoys drawing almost anything, but he really loves drawing dinosaurs and mythological beasts. Robert Squier lives in New Hampshire with his wife, son, and a puggle named Q.