on May 8, 2013
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.
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. In the back of the book is a short time line, more information about the dinosaurs in the book, a glossary, a bibliography, and an interesting author's note. If you have a dino lover who is interested in learning more about their life cycles, this is one book you may wish to consider for your shelves!
on November 3, 2010
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.