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Dinosaurs From Head to Tail

Roderick, Stacey (Author)
Moriya, Kwanchai (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2015. 36 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781771380447 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 567.9
Book type: Non-Fiction

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Up to date information and theories on the topic of dinosaurs are addressed in this attractive book that entices with leading questions: “What dinosaur had a neck like this?” “What dinosaur had claws like this?” Following spreads provide the answers, along with a few interesting facts about each animal, in clear, child-friendly language: “A Therizinosaurus! . . . The claws may have measured up to 1 meter (3 feet)—about as long as a baseball bat . . . .”

Paper-cut collage images seem to rise off the page with strong shapes that incorporate textures of paper and photo-image. Whimsical colour choices (such as a pink stegosaurus) combine with accurate silhouettes, to produce dinosaurs and their settings in a fair approximation of scientific conjecture. The fearsome Tyrannosaurus treads on the bones of past prey. The Diplodocus stretches its long neck over a grassy field. Large-size boldface type encourages readers through the brief text on each page. Readers will appreciate the pronunciation guides after each dinosaur name.

From the “chicken-sized Compsognathus (komp-sog-NAY-thus)” to the “Giganotosaurus!” there’s plenty for young fans of paleontology to explore in this book.

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    Brainstorm the body parts of a dinosaur. Do you have the same parts? Start a list or diagram of dinosaur body parts. Add to it as you read.

  •  As you read, make predictions about how the special body parts helped the dinosaurs survive. What adaptations do humans have to help them survive?
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    Make a diagram of your favourite dinosaur. Include explanatory details about any special features.

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    Brainstorm the body parts of a dinosaur. Do you have the same parts? Start a list or diagram of dinosaur body parts. Add to it as you read.

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    Use the book model “What dinosaur had a . . . like this?” to create puzzles in the same style. Ask your peers to guess the answer.

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    Make a diagram of your favourite dinosaur. Include explanatory details about any special features.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology