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Stories in stone : the world of animal fossils
Kittinger, Jo S.
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, [1998]

Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 23 cm.
Describes the formation and characteristics of animal fossils, including those of trilobites, lobe-finned fishes, and dinosaurs, and explains how they give us information about the history of the earth.
Reading Level:
1050 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.9 1.0 27076.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.7 3 Quiz: 14485 Guided reading level: U.
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QE765 .K53 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QE765 .K53 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. This work spans a tidy chunk of time--about 500 million years--as it describes animal fossils from trilobites to mammals. A helpful analogy of making a sandwich helps to explain the formation of animal fossils as they are sandwiched between mud and sand. Generous attention is given to shelled animals, followed by the dinosaurs of the Mesozoic era. The color photographs and drawings if not good are serviceable. Readers can see how the fossils tell valuable stories about animals' lives and deaths and, more important, about the earth's history. This, too, contains a glossary and lists of additional readings and Web sites. --Denia Hester

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-A brief but attractive overview. An introductory chapter defines terms such as sedimentary rock, relative time vs. absolute age, and the different kinds of fossils. Other chapters provide examples of remains from the Paleozoic to the Cenozoic eras and mention early ocean animals, some of the newer dinosaur discoveries, and ancient mammals. In covering the dinosaur finds, the author defines and describes the creature and notes where the fossils were discovered (but not always when), and why the discovery is important. The somewhat dry text is accompanied by above-average full-color photographs. An adequate, current bibliography with Internet resources is included.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.