DINOSAURS BIG AND SMALL by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

DINOSAURS BIG AND SMALL

Age Range: 5 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

An introduction to dinosaurs for younger readers, this Stage 1 “Lets-Read-And-Find-Out Science” title describes big and little dinosaurs from Diplodocus, “one of the biggest,” to Mussaurus, only as large as a baby-bird when hatched. More recent giants, like Seismosaurus, Argentinosaurus, and Brachiosaurus are also introduced in the same low-keyed fashion. The author explains the latter may have weighed as much as 16 elephants, and the illustrator obligingly shows a tower of 16 elephants. The author provides size comparisons throughout; for example, Giganotosaurus had teeth “the size of a banana,” and Seismosaurus at 130 feet long was, “longer than 4 school buses.” Soft chalk drawings in buff, blue, and purple, show the kinder gentler side of dinosaurs—even the meat-eaters look somewhat cuddly. The illustrator concludes with a scale drawing of the dinosaurs presented, including an elephant and a human for scale. While there is little new here, this is a non-threatening additional purchase for the dinosaur set. (Nonfiction. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-06-027935-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2002




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