Ancient Animals: Plesiosaur

Ancient Animals: Plesiosaur

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Coming July 18, 2017. Pre-order now!

By: Sarah L. Thomson / Illustrated by: Andrew Plant

Discover this ancient predator

Ninety million years ago, giant dinosaurs roamed the earth, pterosaurs flew through the air, and giant reptiles and fish hunted in the oceans. The area that is now Kansas was covered by water and one of its inhabi-tants was the plesiosaur—a reptile with an extremely long neck and a huge body.

This early reader about the ancient plesiosaur brings the prehistoric world of this ocean-dwelling animal to life, explain-ing how scientists think these reptiles lived, hunted, and became extinct. Back matter explores other reptiles both ancient and modern and provides additional print, visual, and web resources.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Sarah L. Thomson, author

Sarah is a former children's book editor who is now a full-time children's book writer. She has written more than thirty books across many genres, including Ancient Animals: Terror Bird and Ancient Animals: Saber-Toothed Cat. She lives in Portland, Maine

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Andrew Plant, illustrator

Andrew is a trained zoologist with a strong interest in paleontology. He has illustrated more than one hundred books for children, including Living Fossils: Clues to the Past; A Platypus, Probably; Ancient Animals: Terror Bird; and Ancient Animals: Saber-Toothed Cat. Andrew lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Kirkus Reviews

A gallery of prehistoric marine reptiles, their prey, and their predators. Aiming for newly independent readers, Thomson describes in short sentences and simple language how plesiosaurs -- an oder tha included boht long- and short-necked varieties -- hunted, got about with their flippers ("Maybe it paddled like a duck. Maybe it glided like a sea turtle"), gave birth to live young, and succumbed at last to an extinction event 65 millions years ago. She provides broader context with comments about general features common to land and marine reptile of both the past and the present. Details both tantalize (the "smoth stones" in a plesiosaur's stomach "may have helped to crush food") and enlighten through concret example: "Some plesiosaurs were only a bit longer than a broomstick. Some could've stretched halfway across a basketball court." Throughout, Thomson carefully makes sure to emphasize that thre is much we still do not know. Plant juices up the presentation with dramatic (labeled) portraits of thrillingly toothy predators leaving trails of blood in the water as they eat and are eaten.

Tempting fare for young din-devotees. (print, video, and web resources lists).


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-542-2

ISBN: 978-1-60734-864-1 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-60734-865-8 PDF
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Ages: 6-9
Page count: 32
6 x 81/4

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 1. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 2. Standards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10

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