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The Day the Dinosaurs Died (I Can Read Book 2) Hardcover – May 30, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060005289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060005283
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,777,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–Beginning with a pronunciation guide for the names of various dinosaurs, this book describes what probably happened to those reptiles 65 million years ago, when a comet or an asteroid most likely slammed into the Earth in the area of the Yucatán Peninsula. Rather than delivering a strict factual narrative, Brown focuses on some individual creatures, bringing readers closer to the scene. She tells how the dinosaurs would have been feeding and then suddenly destroyed by heat, falling rock, or tidal waves during the day of impact. Those not immediately killed would have starved following the death of their prey or plant foods. The book ends with the rise of small mammals that had hidden underground, escaping the dinosaurs' fate. Second graders will be able to read this book independently, and with its expressive, fairly naturalistic illustrations, younger children will find that it answers the question of how the dinosaurs became extinct. An author's note provides additional material.–Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
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“A vividly imagined recreation of an asteroid impact and its immediate and subsequent effects on the dinosaurs. Sure to find its audience.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Readers will savor the tale.” (The Horn Book)

“With its impressive, fairly naturalistic illustrations, [this book] answers the question of how the dinosaurs became extinct.” (School Library Journal) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TY Smith on January 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I will take a middle of the road review. I would offer this piece of advice, the appropriateness of this book would depend on how well your child understands death, suffering of animals and can separate themselves from the plot of a book.

I agree with the reviews that say the pictures are not really scary or gratuitous. But here are some of the more "intense" excerpts from the book:

"Pterandons were blown from the sky. Their bodies burned away to nothing"

"Many dinosaues died in the flames, others choked on the thick smoke."

"One by one they began to die. Soon there was only one left. Then she too starved away"

So obviously not bedtime story fare. Probably fine for school age kids in the right setting, but probably too much if you are buying the books to read to your younger kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shae L. Leonard on June 4, 2008
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Scientists/Paleontologists have offered several theories explaining the extinction of the dinosaurs. Author Charlotte Lewis Brown provides the reader with a look at the demise of individual dinosaurs after a meteor or asteroid crashed to Earth 65 million years ago. My students (ages 6-8 years old) were fascinated by the "closer view" of the catastrophe as opposed to a more general presentation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jameel Rahman on May 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
My son is 7 and loves this entire series. Contrary to what "C. Williams" below stated, the pictures in this book are realistic without being gory, and it sticks to scientifically-established facts to explain the extinction of the dinosaurs. Some people are just idiots and can't handle anything but Disney saccharine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luis A. Hernandez on June 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
The day I read this to my son, even though he was only 3, he was so fascinated by the book that he asked me to read it to him over and over. Eventually, he memorized the words and would flip the pages and tell the story to himself out loud. No amount of me telling him the story of how the dinosaurs died could compare to the way it is portrayed in this book. The T-Rex eating his last meal, looking up at the sky at the last second, then KABLOOEY, his world is destroyed. The book shows the fires that engulfed the earth, it shows the giant tidal waves that must have been formed with the impact, it talks about ash falling from the sky and the blocking out of the sun. It also emphasizes that not all the dinosaurs died right away. Some were still alive, but died out little by little when they could not find any food to eat. Finally, it shows how the small mammals were able to survive and eventually come to rule the Earth themselves.

The book is probably too wordy for an early reader. I think it should have been a level 3 book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl Hoppe on November 4, 2009
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In this book, Charlotte Lewis Brown brings to life a realistic view of a part of history that fascinates young minds. The story is gripping in its realism. At first it may be a bit of a challenge for young minds, but it brings a thoughful answer to the question of what happened. Happily the sequels bring new hope and new life. A challenging book that young readers will return to time and time again. Great graphics too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on April 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is my four year old daughters favorite book. I appreciate the subtle retro cover and title. It does talk about animals dying and extinction, but the pictures are not particularly grotesque and there is nothing I would consider gratuitous. I mean that's what dinosaurs do (did), the meat eaters anyway, just like all carnivorous wild animals, they didn't eat at McDonalds. I guess I can understand the previous reviewers opinion if this is her first non-cartoony book about dinosaurs. But really, it's just a couple mild pictures of t-rex eating an (already dead) edmontosaurus just before the asteroid hits. In any case, we love it and think it's an excellent book with great illustations. Sure to peek a youngsters interest in science!
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