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Born to be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World

by Lita Judge

Published by Flash Point / Roaring Brook Press, 2010
48 pages
ISBN: 9781596434431

Ages 5-9

Dinosaurs may have been gigantic creatures, “But every giant was once a baby.” This captivating narrative details various dinosaurs’ beginnings as babies, sometimes no larger than a golf ball or a loaf of French bread. Author/illustrator Lita Judge, who has a background in paleobotany, uses comparisons—such as the way dinosaurs lived in herds like modern-day caribou—to help readers understand the behavior of dinosaurs. Using words such as “perhaps,” “maybe,” “might,” and “probably,” Judge carefully clarifies when she is theorizing and when she is basing something on fact. Colorful illustrations with ample white space accompany the text in which readers are encouraged to explore and speculate, much like scientists, about how dinosaurs might have behaved long ago. (CF) ©2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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