From the Set Exploring Dinosaurs
We think of dinosaurs as big and ferocious. Yet the name Compsognathus means 'pretty jaw!' Learn about this strange little dinosaur, from its life in the Jurassic period millions of years ago to the first discovery of its delicate fossil in Germany. Additional features to enhance comprehension include informative sidebars, a glossary of key words and phrases, sources for further research, a Did-You-Know section, and an overview of the geologic time scale.
|Interest Level||Grade 1 - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|ATOS Reading Level||5.5|
|Guided Reading Level||R|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Format||Reinforced book, Hosted ebook|
|Number of Pages||32, 32|
|Dimensions||8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5|
|Graphics||Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations|
A noteworthy review of Exploring Dinosaurs from School Library Connection on May 1, 2016
Dinosaurs are a source of fascination because scientists can only study their fossils to gather information, and they are still uncovering interesting facts. Author Susan Gray, a scientist with a special interest in zoology and paleontology, includes the latest information and answers to many common questions young readers might ask, as well as some questions they may not have considered. These topics form the basis for each of the chapters included in the titles. The chapters are brief, with short sentences and highlighted vocabulary words. Photographs from museums are interspersed throughout the pages and are explained more fully with captions. Helpful ‘Did You Know?’ sections are included at the end of each title. Middle grades readers will be drawn to the nice balance of facts and narrative, and librarians and teachers will appreciate the quality references, sturdy bindings, and heavyweight paper. Glossary. Index. References. Timeline.
A noteworthy review of Exploring Dinosaurs from School Library Journal on November 1, 2015
Species facts and paleontology blend effectively in this dinosaur set. Each title starts with a story about a dinosaur in action; these are not especially gripping, but some link neatly to actual fossil discoveries that readers learn about later. A fairly thorough treatment of physical features follows, accompanied by images of dinosaurs, bones, fossils, and scientists. Though not tremendously eye-catching, the visuals effectively support the written content. Captions, presented in a handwritten font that resembles field notes, add more specific details. Subsequent chapters look at fossil discoveries and sometimes provide interesting details about the scientists involved as well as information about species behavior and the eventual disappearance of the dinosaurs. Some chapters end with a couple of pages featuring either a broader look at dinosaurs in general or a specific aspect of the featured dinosaur, such as the Triceratops’s head. Smooth prose and strongly organized text and illustrations make this a better-than-average choice for the dinosaur shelves.
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.