Enter a world that existed long ago -- a world in which strange animals like the Revueltosaurus, Placeria, and the Hesperosuchus once lived.
This is the extraordinary world of the dinosaur tree, a tree that for over five hundred years witnessed the evolving species of the late Triassic. In this book, you, like the dinosaur tree, will see the many different animals that lived in forests and streams millions of years ago -- flying reptiles, early fish, and dinosaurs, both big and small. You will also learn about the tree itself -- a tree that, like the dinosaurs, has become a crucial part of natural history.
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Grade 1-4?This attractive picture book is reminiscent of John Horner and James Gorman's Maia (Running, 1989) in format. Each full-page painting faces a page of text that explains the surrounding atmospheric, plant, and animal conditions as a tree grows in a Triassic forest. The tree's story starts 225 million years ago, and readers see it at 4 years, 50 years, 200 years, 300 years, 400 years, 500 years, and then the beginning of the end, or fossilization. Dinosaurs that lived at the time are pictured in their natural surroundings, and a little information is given about each one. It's a fascinating glimpse into the past. The luminous paintings cast off an eerie glow; they depict the Triassic continent called Pangaea and the land that is now the Painted Desert in Arizona. Henderson has done an excellent job of scientific storytelling, taking advantage of the action of nature in his clear, sparse descriptions and clean, powerful paintings to build drama. Allan Roberts's Fossils (Childrens, 1983) and Pat Lauber's Dinosaurs Walked Here and Other Stories Fossils Tell (Bradbury, 1987) do not have the same in-depth coverage as Henderson's book. A fascinating look into the past.?Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID
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Grades 2-4, younger for reading aloud. Employing beautiful lifelike illustrations and an engaging text, the author takes us through the long life of a tree that lives for more than 500 years. This proud conifer stands tall, silently witnessing the coming and going of a multitude of plant and animal life during the late Triassic period. Even after the tree is felled by a windstorm, its life goes on as a kind of footbridge stretched across a stream. How this tree came to rest in Arizona, on the site of what is now the Petrified Forest National Park, unfolds gracefully with page after page of quiet, simply stated text and luminous paintings. Denia Hester
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