- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 2
- Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
- Series: Arbordale Collection
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (September 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607186195
- ISBN-13: 978-1607186199
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,557,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dino Tracks (Arbordale Collection) Hardcover – September 10, 2013
Helpful facts and explanations are buried within the text. The dinosaurs are colorful and even feathered, yet the text references fictional Jurassic Park... - School Library Journal
The combination of singable text, eye popping illustrations, and an intriguing topic makes this book an ideal text for young readers as well as an ideal read-out-loud book for pre-readers who will enjoy looking at the accompanying pictures and learning to sing the text. - Tundraco: A Resource Guide for Rockhounds
I love being dino detective after reading this book.- Reviewed by Shriya, Age 5 - San Francisco Book Review
About the Author
Rhonda Lucas Donald has written more than a dozen books for children and teachers. Her recent book Deep in the Desert, won the silver medal in the 2011 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. In addition, she has won awards for articles and stories appearing in Ranger Rick and Your Big Backyard magazines. Rhonda specializes in writing about science and has always found desert life fascinating, perhaps because it's so different from where she lives in Virginia. She is a member of the Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators, National Science Teachers Association, and the Cat Writers Association. Rhonda and her husband share their home with dogs Maggie and Lily, and their very dignified cats, Darwin and Huxley.
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Some of the dinos traveled alone, while others formed herds. You can even figure out "what it might eat" by looking at the tracks. Amazing! Some of the tracks are massive, while others might only span a few inches. Many at the water's edge could have been aiming to catch that fish as the dragonfly flitted overhead and the turtle swam beneath the water. "Down by the river where crocs were thick. / are tracks of dainty feet. / They skitter on by--it's best to be sly-- / or hungry crocs they'd meet." What else could those tracks made long ago tell us about how the dinos lived?
This is a fun look at some of the things fossilized dinosaur tracks can tell us. The amazing full-color, full-page artwork definitely lends a hand in telling the story of those dinos long ago as they made those tracks. The tale itself is a story in rhyme, with ballad stanzas (the 2nd and 4th lines rhyme). Newly independent readers can tackle this beginning nonfiction book with a bit of assistance with unfamiliar words such as "squeezed." In the back of the book are several activities, including some that can be downloaded and printed from the publisher's website. This would be an excellent book to read and discuss in the homeschool or classroom setting.
Grades K - 3
This book courtesy of the publisher.
The word “dinosaur” means “fearfully great lizard,” although scientists believe that dinosaurs were actually not lizards but a different kind of reptile. Young readers will be able to step back in time and follow dinosaur tracks around the world, especially using the pictures by illustrator Cathy Morrison, to help them visualize what the ancient animals might have looked like. Creationists will appreciate the fact that the text itself says only things to the effect that dinosaurs lived “down by the river of long ago.” However, the four-page “For Creative Minds” section in the back of the book does have references to common the evolution-based claims that dinosaurs lived from about 250 million to 65 million years ago and that today’s birds are descended from dinosaurs. A teaching activities guide with additional material is available at the publisher’s website.
A second concern I have involved some of the illustrations. They were adequate but they were also a little too busy for my liking given this book was for the younger set. And a few of them were actually a little scary. I wouldn't be surprised if I read this paperback to my granddaughter and she was a little taken back by some of the pictures. The last thing I want is to have an innocent story reading session result in a nightmare or two!
I'd suggest checking out this book at the local library first before making a purchase. On the other hand, it is rather inexpensive so if you do buy it sight unseen and it's not to your liking you can perhaps donate it to a school or local library.
This book was supplied by the publisher.