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Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World Hardcover – April 27, 2010


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  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Flash Point; First Edition edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596434430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596434431
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4–6—Using current data (some ideas derived from contemporary critters), Judge presents an interesting and attractive introduction to the world of dinosaur young. Her readable text touches on eight Cretaceous dinosaurs, from smallish Psittacosaurus to gigantic Argentinosaurus, describing fossil finds of eggs and embryos, nesting colonies, and possible/probable parenting scenarios. The full-color illustrations are realistic (but not photographic in style) and depict a variety of big-eyed babies, from freshly hatched Saltasaurus facing an uncertain future on their own, to young Maiasaura being fed in their nest, to a T. rex guarding a smelly mound of vegetation covering her eggs. Rich color and inviting layout of text are eye-catching, as is the cover. A time line and further data on the featured dinosaurs are appended. A surefire hit for dinophiles.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Expanding on the idea that the hugest dinosaurs hatched from (relatively speaking) small eggs, Judge depicts cute hatchlings with outsized heads and feet wobbling about as their gargantuan parents look on indulgently. Along with a full measure of visual appeal, she also delivers a terse but clear explanation of how scientists gain insight into dino parenting from both fossil evidence—the lack of very small footprints in fossil trackways of sauropod herds, for instance, hints that newborns were precocial, or able to fend for themselves until they were big enough to avoid being trampled by accident—and the behavior of surviving avian descendants. Though profiling only eight kinds of dinosaurs, this serves as a nice gateway to more detailed studies of the topic, like Kathleen Zoehfeld’s Dinosaur Parents, Dinosaur Young: Uncovering the Mystery of Dinosaur Families (2001). Grades 2-4. --John Peters

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Lita Judge is a writer and artist whose greatest passion is creating children's books. She is the author/illustrator for over a dozen fiction and nonfiction picture books including Flight School (Simon & Schuster, 2014), Red Hat (S&S, 2013), Red Sled (S&S, 2011), Bird Talk (Roaring Brook, 2012), One Thousand Tracings, and Pennies for Elephants (Disney-Hyperion). Her background in geology, paleontology and biology inspires her nonfiction books. Lita spent several years working for the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology before turning to writing about dinosaurs and other natural history subjects. But her background with animals also inspires her whimsical fictional tales filled with characters who forge big dreams. Several of her books have been selected as Junior Library Guild picks and they have received numerous awards including the 2013 Sterling North Award, the Jane Addams Honor Book, ALA Notable Children's Book, the International Reading Association Children's Book Award, Michigan Notable Book, and Kirkus Best Children's book of 2011. She enjoys teaching both writing and illustration to students of all ages and shares much about her creative process in classrooms and on her blog and website. Lita lives with her husband, two cats and a little green parrot named Beatrix Potter in Peterborough, New Hampshire. You can visit her online at LitaJudge.net

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Son, age 3, is obsessed with all things dinosaur. He also likes the idea of families and babies have mommies - thought this would be a hit. He was very excited to read it right away and I didn't have a chance to look at it first - oops! It's more informational than story, which is fine; but, some of the babies get eaten and it talks about predators hunting for babies and stealing eggs. We didn't read it for awhile, then he wanted to; but, we skipped the scary parts, now he wants to read it all; so, in the end it has worked out well.
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By Wayne Kalama on February 9, 2013
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The book is in great shape. It arrived on time and I would gladly do business with them again in the future.
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You know the kid who has read every dinosaur book in the library and has all their names memorized? [I do, and I still struggle with identifying the most basic dinosaurs.] This is the book you get him/her for the holidays or for his birthday. Why? It takes a fairly unique approach, because it focuses on the baby/growth/parenting aspect of dinosaurs, which most dinosaur books do not do. It is well-written, beautifully illustrated [I liked the newly hatched Saltasaurus eggs picture especially], and thoughtfully presented without being overwhelming. It's funny and poignant, too. I highly recommend this one and I plan to buy it as a birthday gift for a dinosaur-loving kid.
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As several tiny Maiasaura began to hatch from their eggs their mother looked in on their progress. Their heads appeared to be no larger than her eye, but one day they would be one of the giants walking the land, just like her. Dinosaurs hatched from eggs, but the eggs were different sizes. The smaller ones "were as small as a golf ball," while the "largest were as big as a loaf of French bread." Paleontologists study the life of the dinosaurs by searching for fossils. One of the more unusual finds was an area that was covered with "thousands of grapefruit-sized fossilized eggs."

This amazing find taught them a lot about the Saltasaurus, a medium-sized dinosaur whose babies were smaller than their footprints. The Argentinosaurus, one of the largest dinosaurs, may have "weighed as much as 17 elephants." Their babies "barely reached [their] mother's toes." In this book you will learn about many dinosaur species and will learn how their tiny babies, if they survived, grew to be giants like their parents. You will learn about the Argentinosaurus, the Hypacrosaurus, the Maiasura, the Oviraptor, the Psittacosaurus, the Troodon, the Saltasaurs, and the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Did you know that some scientists think that not all dinos are extinct?!

This book is a marvelous learning experience for the young dino lover. There are many fun books that fictionalize the life of dinosaurs and then there are many that gloss over the early life of the dinosaur. I found this one to be very interesting because we see several different types of dinosaurs when they we hatchlings. The fascinating illustrations point out their vulnerability and illustrate their comparative size next to their parents and other creatures.
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Just yesterday I had a very nice children's author from North Carolina visiting me in my library. She wanted to look at my room's collection of dinosaur books for kids, so we pulled over some chairs and took a look. After flipping through about fifteen titles, she turned to me and asked, "Is there an author that specializes in writing about dinosaurs for kids?" I was stumped. Generally speaking, authors sometimes treat dinosaurs as the topic that's going to get them a lot of money, but they aren't a topic that the writer is going to be all that interested in personally. I've seen very few write more than one book on the topic. Of course, if anybody is going to write more than one non-fiction dino book, I know of a candidate. She's only written a couple books so far, and "Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World" is her first about those terrible lizards. Still, considering her background, her knowledge, and her skills with a paintbrush, I'm going to harbor a guess that "Born to Be Giants" wasn't some last minute oh-I-should-write-a-dinosaur-book thought and it probably won't be her last. Ms. Judge has clearly had this book in mind for a while. You might even say she's been preparing for it since she was 15.

Dinosaurs laid eggs to create other dinosaurs. No one disputes that fact. So exactly how does a creature that weighs as much as 17 elephants care for a baby only just a bit larger than its toes? What dangers do such babies face? How could they survive? Were there dinosaurs that tended to their young? How did they keep them warm? Fed? Safe? With gorgeous watercolor renderings, author/illustrator Lita Judge sets out to answer these questions, and to educate not just kids who may not know these facts, but the adult gate-keepers as well.
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