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Troodon: The Smartest Dinosaur (Special Dinosaurs) Hardcover – December 1, 1995


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  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Series: Special Dinosaurs
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876147988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876147986
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 9.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,243,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5-7?Lessem focuses on two of the lesser-known dinosaurs. In Ornithomimids, he shows how scientists have pieced together clues to deduce the running speed of this fast, ostrich-like creature. By measuring the distance between fossilized footprints, they have determined that it ran at least 25 miles per hour. The second book concentrates on the Troodon, explaining how the size of its brain case, the size of its eye sockets, and its teeth all imply that it was a pretty smart carnivore. These dinosaurs are covered in other dictionaries, such as Michael Benton's Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Factfinder (Kingfisher, 1992). However, the earlier books may already be out of date (Benton's entry on Ornithomimus says nothing about its swiftness). The abundant photos and full-color illustrations in Lessem's volumes help explain the text and include pictures of excavation sites, the scientists doing research, as well as the animals themselves. In short, these titles provide recent scientific facts in a format easily accessible to kids doing reports on an individual dinosaur.?Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Troodon was my favorite dinosaur after I read this book. It's really an amazing speices, resembleing a veliciraptor but signifigantly more intelligent. Some people think that if troodon had not died out with all the other dinosaurs, it would evolve into a senient human-like creature. Also this book is written by don lessem, a reliable expert in dinosaurs and a great writer. He has many other accurate dinosaur books, while most of the dinosaur books they sell are full of mistakes.
This book contains information on how troodon lived, what it looked like, how they discovered it, and why it's such an amazing dinosaur. Again, if you're interested in dinosaurs this is a good book to read.
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By B. van Vlierden on February 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
With it's sturdy cover, large type and fine illustrations this book is excellently suited for the little paleontologists among us. Technical terminology is kept to a minimum (and this duly explained). If the author had followed the current opinion of many, that most probably all members of this group of dino's were warmblooded and feathered, the plates could have been even more stunning.

Nevertheless, a fine little book, with only one major fault: it's way too short!
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I like this book. I links the archeaological data to what we know about dinosaurs in general and Troodon specifically. It was at a suitable level for my 2nd grader writing a report about this dinosaur.
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