- Age Range: 6 and up
- Grade Level: 1 and up
- Series: Williamson Kids Can!
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Williamson Publishing Company (March 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1885593244
- ISBN-13: 978-1885593245
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kids' Natural History Book: Making Dinos, Fossils, Mummies & Zulu Huts (Williamson Kids Can!) Paperback – March 1, 2000
From School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-This idea-packed book focuses on animal life on Earth during the last 570 million years (the Cambrian period to the present), covering sea creatures, insects, dinosaurs, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. In the first chapter, Press provides an introduction to how natural history is studied and explains basic vocabulary. Difficult concepts are simplified through the use of familiar examples. In one instance, directions for sorting buttons or other objects lead into a clear explanation of the animal classification scheme. The author uses a similar technique to move from a child's personal time line to a description of geologic time, complete with a rap song. Simple craft techniques (with appropriate safety warnings), such as making a climbing spider out of cardboard and pipe cleaners, are applied to learning facts about animals. Helpful sidebars include "Eco-Alerts" that discuss endangered species or taking care of the environment and "Curator's Notes" that define terms in a succinct manner. Satisfying black-and-white drawings supplement the activities and information. A list of museums along with their Web sites is appended. A worthwhile addition to natural-history sections.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Gr. 3-5, younger with adult assistance. The topic "Everything to Do with Life on Earth" may be broad, but Press approaches it with confidence and carries it off with panache. Beginning with a lesson in sorting that starts with a few common buttons and ends with the biological classification system, the first chapter offers "how-to tools" that will be helpful to children in understanding how scientists have discovered and organized information about animals. The succeeding chapters discuss animals groups such as sea creatures, dinosaurs, and birds, offering many simple activities and crafts suitable for the classroom or the home. The light yet informative tone is reflected in the illustrations, which include jaunty, cartoonlike figures of people and animals as well as scientifically accurate drawings. A good choice from the publisher's Kids Can! series. Carolyn Phelan
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