NONFICTION

Dinosaur Feathers

Holiday House/ Neal Porter Bks. Sept. 2019. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823443307.
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Gr 1-4–This nonfiction poetry offering will satisfy young dino enthusiasts and draw in others who will appreciate the rhythm and rhyme, as well as Nolan’s lovely watercolor illustrations. Even with the phonetic pronunciations included, the many dinosaur names will be tongue twisters for the adults who will be asked to repeatedly read this aloud. The plot is simple: the massive dinosaurs who once roamed Earth have vanished with the few remaining feathered creatures evolving into birds. Rich back matter includes dimensions of the various terrestrial and aerial creatures, translations of their Latin names, geographic locations, and clear cross-references to pages in the book where they are depicted. There’s also a double-page spread of the tree of life, visually representing four billion years of evolution.
VERDICT Make room on the shelf for this original addition to your dinosaur collection.

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