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Title:
Dinosaurs big and small
Author:
Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner.
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 2002.
Physical Description:
33 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 59557.
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ISBN:
9780060279356

9780064451826

9780060279363
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Everybody knows, some dinosaurs were BIG!

How big?

Seismosourus was longer than four school buses parked end to end. Brachiosaurus weighed as much as sixteen elephants.

But not all dinosaurs were big. Coelophysis probably didn't weigh any more than you. Compsognathus was so small, you could have carried one in your arms. And all dinosaurs -- even the ones who grew up to be gigantic -- began life as tiny babies.

Find out just how big and just how small dinosaurs were.


Author Notes

Kathleen Zoehfeld is a writer and editor of nonfiction children's books. She grew up in the Catskill Mountains, where she developed a passion for observing, reading and writing about nature.

Zoehfeld is a former children's book editor and an award-winning author of many books for young people on natural history and scientific topics.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS.^-Gr. 1. This attractive book from the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series discusses the sizes of various dinosaurs. Since estimates of height and weight are not sufficient to help children understand the actual sizes of various species, both the text and the illustrations compare the prehistoric animals to more recognizable measures: a standard-size kid (4 feet tall, 75 pounds), the length of a school bus (30 feet), the weight of an elephant (5 tons). Many books discuss the largest meat-eating dinosaur, Giganotosaurus, but this one one explains that it weighed "less than 2 elephant units" and "had a mouth full of sharp teeth the size of bananas." Just as vivid as that verbal image is Washburn's artwork, apparently done in pastels, which creates scenes that are sometimes naturalistic, sometimes fantastic. The colorful, softly shaded illustrations might show sauropods strolling past a line of parked school buses or a single Brachiosaurus stretching his neck to the height of a pyramid of neatly balanced elephants. Well focused and very appealing. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Discussing the wide variety of sizes in the dinosaur lexicon, Zoehfeld's simple text presents kids, school buses, and elephants as yardsticks for the measurement of a number of weighty sauropods and lesser lights, from the massive Argentinosaurus to the cat-sized Compsognathus. Washburn's eye-catching illustrations, in glowing rusts and purples, blues and greens, march step-by-step with the text. Included is a double-page lineup of all the mentioned saurians, with a brief note on each one that gives its scientific name, pronunciation, length, and weight. Brightly colored, informative, and on a cherished topic, the book is certain to gather no shelf-sitter dust.-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.