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Dino Tracks

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Dino Tracks
By Rhonda Lucas Donald
Illustrated by Cathy Morrison
Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-60718-631-1

Reviewed by Richard S. Rodgers - September 3, 2015

Dinosaurs - Can you say the word without perhaps a little shudder going through your body? They have the reputations of being big, ferocious, and destructive - but where they all such monsters? The answer, of course, is no. Some dinosaurs were large, some small, some timid and some ferocious. As important, some could fly, climb, and swim. No matter what there size, where they lived, or what their daily habits were like they all had two things in common - some sort of feet and footprints...

In Dino Treasures, Rhonda Lucas Donald takes children of all ages on a tour of the various types tracks left by dinosaurs, and what these tracks can tell scientist and other interested individuals. The wealth of information presented in this book is accompanied by gorgeous illustrations by Cathy Morrison, and most uniquely, the text can be sung aloud to the tune of Over the River and Through the Woods! The combination of singable text, eye popping illustrations, and an intriguing topic makes this book an ideal text for young readers as well as an ideal read-out-loud book for pre-readers who will enjoy looking at the accompanying pictures and learning to sing the text.

Technically, this fun, 32-page children's book is geared toward readers in K-3. However, it will also prove of interest to reluctant readers in higher grades. Educators and homeschooling parents will delight in the fact that this book comes complete with information about the books reading level, Flesch-Kincaid score, information about how it fits into the Common Corse standards, along with other useful information. A free teacher's activity guide, and more, can be found on the publishers website located at: arbordalepublishing.com, just look for the "Educational Resources" link.

Even better, this book also includes a four-page learning activity guide at the back of the book. These activities include an exercise on identifying some dinosaur tracks and information on how various types of scientists contribute to the study of dinosaurs. Best of all, this is only the first of two books on dinosaurs by Donald! And after they have finished devouring this book, you can direct the young reader(s) in your life to Dino Treasures to continue their study of dinosaur lore and palaeontology.

Related Reviews:

Dino Treasures, by Rhonda Lucas Donald.
In this delightful children's book, Donald explores the world of paleontology by describing some of the items and information that scientists have learned about dinosaurs from their fossilized and trace remains.

This Land is Your Land, by Catherine Ciocchi.
This is an innovative book that teaches children ages 4-8 about landforms and basic geological structures. Told in rhyme, this picture book is ideal for young readers and as a read-out-loud book for pre-readers.

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