Reading Level: Grades 3-5
Interest Level: Grades 4-7
Page Count: 32
Trim Size: 7″ x 9″
Correlation with National Curriculum:
CCS RI 4.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8; RI 5.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8; RI 6.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8; RI 7.1, 3, 4, 5, 8
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Finding Dinosaurs invites readers to explore the prehistoric world the way scientists do—by examining the fossils that have been left behind. Each book highlights important discoveries related to a specific dinosaur, focusing on what the dinosaur looked like, the world in which it lived, and what led scientists to these conclusions.
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Booklist, March 15, 2018
Hirsch, Rebecca E. (Author)
Jan 2018. 32 p. Focus Readers, library edition, $28.50. (9781635175028). 568.
In the 1860s and 1870s, scientists disagreed about newly discovered Archaeopteryx fossils, which had characteristics of birds (feathers, wings, hollow bones) and of dinosaurs (a bony tail, teeth, claws on its front limbs). Hirsch writes about the evolution of avian dinosaurs, as well as what paleontologists today know about Archaeopteryx, a crow-size species, and how they know it. With fairly short sentences, large type, and wide-spaced lines, the clearly written text looks accessible and makes its points succinctly. Sidebars occasionally fill in related facts, while each double-page spread features a single picture illustrating the discussion. These images include several photos of fossils, as well as illustrations of how Archaeopteryx may have looked. Part of the new Finding Dinosaurs series (8 titles), this volume offers an attractive overview of Archaeopteryx. —Carolyn Phelan