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July 25, 2013

Ancient Animals Terror Bird Book Review

*I received a free product for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine. 

A creature whose name says it all.
There are a lot of large birds that inhabit our world today—the albatross, the condor, the emperor penguin. But none of these compare to the terror bird: a bird of prey that roamed ancient South America over fifteen million years ago. The terror bird could stand as tall as a basket ball hoop, with strong beaks designed to hunt. For sixty million years, the terror bird thrived. Almost every other animal could be considered its prey.
How did this prehistoric creature live and hunt? How did it eventually become extinct? Sarah Thompson presents this scientific information with the emerging reader in mind—the text is simple, concise, and clear, yet full of useful and thought-provoking facts and ideas. Andrew Plant’s illustrations, labeled throughout, provide readers with an accurate visual of the creatures presented. Lovers of nature and paleontology will find much to enjoy in this introduction to the biggest meat-eating bird that ever lived.
Back matter includes facts about other flightless birds—both alive and extinct—as well as additional resources for further discovery.
This book is good for your brain because it provides:
Life science, characteristics and behaviors of ancient animals, explanation of predator/prey relationships, strong picture/text support

Our Review:
Ancient Animals Terror Bird is a book with wonderful illustrations and great written details about how Terror Birds lived and preyed. My daughter really learning about this majestic creature through reading the book.  At first she did not realized how large the bird was, until one of the pages described that it could be as tall as a basketball hoop. I recommend this book for kids going into first grade. My daughter is going to start second grade in September and the reading level for this book was easy for her. She was able to finish the book in less than 10 minutes. Although the publisher recommended this book for kids ages 6 to 9, This would probably be too easy for a child in 3rd grade. 

Ancient Animals Terror Bird is due to be released in August 2013. To buy this book, please visit the Charlesbridge online store. You could also find a local retailer near you by visiting the site.


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