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Agustinia and Other Dinosaurs of Central and South America
Agustinia and Other Dinosaurs of Central and South America
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Agustinia and Other Dinosaurs of Central and South America

Many dinosaurs once roamed the lands of Central and South America. Discover how these creatures lived, and learn what they had in common with today’s animals.

Reading LevelGrades K-3
Interest LevelGrades K-3
Lexile LevelIG650L
ATOS Level4.4
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #112804
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count24
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter

"Millions of years ago, South America was not joined to Central and North America, with very different dinosaurs living in each area. These dinosaurs ranged in size from one that was as small as a chicken to one that was larger than an elephant. Eight of them are briefly described, with the focus on size, habitat, diet, and/or defenses, including Eoraptor, one of the first dinosaurs. Short, simple sentences and large type, along with the easy reading level, are just right for the intended audience. Several features helpful for young readers are included: a red or green square by the name of the dinosaur to indicate if it was a meat- or plant-eater, a graphic comparison to an adult human or an elephant, and pictures and text comparing the dinosaur to a modern-day animal with some similar characteristics. Occasional sidebars, such as the one comparing Alvarezsaurus to a modern ostrich, provide additional information as well as introducing the concepts of adaptation and evolution. Pronunciation guides, a short glossary, an index, and a link to a website featuring more information about the dinosaurs covered in the book are included. (Two of the three sites are excellent; one is not appropriate for this age reader.) Like others in the "Dinosaur World" series, the first page is an overview of the habitat, and the last discusses why they are extinct. While the information presented is brief, the geographic presentation and the emphasis on comparisons make these valuable for young paleontologists." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter

January 3, 2009

Dougal Dixon

Dougal Dixon

Dougal Dixon has written more than 120 books, including many on dinosaurs, fossils, and Earth science subjects. Since 1980, Dougal has been a full-time freelance writer and editor. He enjoys researching out in the field. In 2004, he spent time in Montana excavating a Stegosaurus skeleton. His books have won the Times Educational Supplement, Primary School Book Award for Science in 1996, the Helen Roney Sattler Award from the Dinosaur Society in 1993, and the Educational Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement Award in 1993. Dougal lives in Wareham in Dorset, England, with his wife Jean. He has two children, Gavin and Lindsay.

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