From the Set Exploring Dinosaurs
What can scientists learn from an ancient fossil of two dinosaurs locked in battle? Plenty! One of those dinosaurs was a Velociraptor, a 'quick thief' and predator of the Cretaceous period. Like the scientists who study Velociraptor, young readers will discover how much eighty-million-year-old bones still have to say! 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||4.9|
|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 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.