- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (August 24, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845077180
- ISBN-13: 978-1845077181
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,722,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ice Age Tracker's Guide Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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Gr 3-5–“Hunters” of Ice Age fauna will find the tawny pages in this “guide” a trove of pointers for identifying a round dozen of predators and prey. What does a giant ground sloth's poop look like? Just how big is a dwarf elephant? And where might one come across a marsupial lion? Fact boxes add a few details, and “Warning!” boxes advise wariness of anti-human behaviors. Size, shape, food, fur (if any), locations, and other tidbits are scattered about the watercolor and ink illustrations, and are reinforced by two pages of solid paragraphs of text on each creature. Lister, a respected British paleontologist, writes with authority in this lighthearted, informational work. A double-page global distribution map uses color coding to pinpoint specific locations for the species described. While not as wildly popular as T. rex or Argentineosaurus, critters like saber-tooth cats and woolly rhinos can give them a run for their money. And then there's that Litoptern....–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The two superstars of extinct species—the sabre-tooth cat and the woolly mammoth—bump shoulders with such other lost creatures as the moa (a wingless bird that stood more than 10 feet tall), the litoptern (a camel-like thing that looks lifted from Star Wars), and the glyptodont (a lumbering armadillo-tank hybrid) in this fun guide to the prehistoric animal world. An introduction welcoming readers to the chilly world of the Ice Age would have been nice, but the book instead jumps directly into two-page spreads dominated by spry illustrated tableaux and speckled with factoids, delivering information in chatty and irreverent particulars that cover shape, size, behavior, eating habits, and—in keeping with the spirit of the tracker’s guide angle—droppings, footprints, and auditory signs of each animal’s presence. A world map shows off the general areas where each species lived along with the time spans during which they existed, and curious readers will find even more tasty details in the endpapers to this most edutaining offering. Grades 1-3. --Ian Chipman