THE ICE AGE TRACKER'S GUIDE by Adrian Lister

THE ICE AGE TRACKER'S GUIDE

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Age Range: 5 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

A picture-book field guide to 11 ice-age mammals (including the armadillo-like glyptodont) and one ice-age bird (the moa) by a well-known paleontologist provides a quite serviceable introduction to these extraordinary creatures for younger readers. It is neatly organized to address the most frequently asked questions: Each animal is given its own two pages, with geographic and environmental habitats, physical and behavioral description and intriguing facts. Ursell’s detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations are full of humor but offer a clear glimpse of what these creatures must have looked like, though it’s too bad there are no size comparisons for most of these creatures with more familiar animals or objects. The facts are delivered in the present tense (“Woolly Mammoths live in groups of 20 or 30…”), with more detail about the actual dates of emergence and extinction given on a two-page habitat-range map as well as in very detailed paragraphs on each creature in the “more information” pages. (Nonfiction. 5-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-84507-718-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2010




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