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Pteranodon: The Life Story of a Pterosaur Hardcover – June 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810957787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810957787
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-Using field studies of the modern albatross as a jumping off place, Ashby imagines the life of a Pteranodon from its hatching to its successful mating years later. The simple text includes such dramatic moments as near-miss attacks by an unidentified raptor over land and an Elasmosaurus at sea, the latter episode assuming that the Pteranodon could take off from the water. Wilson's colorful interpretations of the fossil record provide eye-catching images to enhance the narrative. Appended notes provide the reasoning behind the author's extrapolations on the pterosaur's life cycle and behaviors and the artist's bright palette. A global map of the Late Cretaceous Period and a glossary with a pronunciation guide are included. For those not ready for Caroline Arnold's broader, more detailed Pterosaurs: Rulers of the Skies in the Dinosaur Age (Clarion, 2004) or Helen Sattler's handsome Pterosaurs: The Flying Reptiles (HarperCollins, 1985, o.p.), this is an attractive and a rewarding look at the possibilities in a long-lost life history.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By the cherry on February 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My son (5 years old0 is in love with dinosaurs, especially flying ones. This book follows a baby Pteranodon from hatchling to proud papa. It's interesting for the adult reader, too. Read as the Pteranodon battles sea dinosaurs and fights for food.

He asks to read it at least 2 times per week!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karyn W VINE VOICE on November 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting book in that it gives readers an idea of what life might have been like for these flying dinosaurs. We meet several other dinosaurs along his life journey. It is probably best for children age 5-9. The illustrations are really cool. There is some violence (although realistic to what their lives were probably like). It is based on facts and some speculation, but has some definite excitement and is a great book overall.
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