A kindergarten-level STEM introduction to the long-necked, long-tailed dinosaur Diplodocus, covering the prehistoric herbivore’s body structure, diet, and fossil remains. Includes a glossary, further resources, and a labeled image guide to the extinct animal’s body parts.
Part of the Seedlings series
Hello, Apatosaurus and Triceratops. Hello, T. rex and Velociraptor. Hello, … prehistoric fun! Plant the seeds of knowledge with text crafted for young readers who love dinosaurs. Dynamic images and friendly text touch on each extinct animal’s looks and behavior, all based on scientific research for early STEM learning. Includes information about the first fossil discoveries. Labeled image guides, glossaries, and further resources enhance this introduction to nonfiction reading.
Primary-school kids curious about dinos will happily dig into the newest additions to the Seedlings: Dinosaurs series. Attractively designed, the volumes feature pleasing digital artwork, photos of fossils, playful text placement, and ample white space to help young learners stay focused. Each book greets its subject with a hello and closes with a goodbye, and the pages in between feature one to two sentences apiece with an accompanying illustration that shine a light on its dinosaur’s appearance, prehistoric life, and discovery. In Ankylosaurus, readers will marvel at this tanklike herbivore’s armor, which included a mighty clubbed tail. Diplodocus reveals that this longnecked giant had spikes down its back and was the length of three school buses. The fascinating star of Spinosaurus could be found both on land and in the water, and the sail along its back stood “as tall as an adult human!” Stegosaurus examines this iconic creature’s back plates and tail spikes while pointing out that its head and brain were quite small for its size. While the books don’t state the period during which their respective dinosaurs lived, they each name two other dinos that also would have been alive at that time. Standard back matter is colorfully organized and preceded by wonderful, labeled diagrams of the book’s featured dinosaur.
–Julia Smith, Booklist, 09/01/2023