The Day the Dinosaurs Died (I Can Read! Level 2: Reading With Help)

by Charlotte Lewis Brown (Author) Phil Wilson (Illustrator)

The Day the Dinosaurs Died (I Can Read! Level 2: Reading With Help)

Presenting cutting-edge science to the youngest readers, The Day the Dinosaurs Died is a mesmerizing account of the end of the dinosaurs.

The dinosaurs were the biggest, most powerful animals that ever walked the earth. Now they are all gone, extinct. Bold illustrations and a dramatic text re-create the devastation sixty-five million years ago when a giant asteroid slammed into Earth, triggering global disasters and leading to massive worldwide extinctions.

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Gr 1-3--Beginning with a pronunciation guide for the names of various dinosaurs, this book describes what probably happened to those reptiles 65 million years ago, when a comet or an asteroid most likely slammed into the Earth in the area of the Yucatá n Peninsula. Rather than delivering a strict factual narrative, Brown focuses on some individual creatures, bringing readers closer to the scene. She tells how the dinosaurs would have been feeding and then suddenly destroyed by heat, falling rock, or tidal waves during the day of impact. Those not immediately killed would have starved following the death of their prey or plant foods. The book ends with the rise of small mammals that had hidden underground, escaping the dinosaurs - fate. Second graders will be able to read this book independently, and with its expressive, fairly naturalistic illustrations, younger children will find that it answers the question of how the dinosaurs became extinct. An author -s note provides additional material." -Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ"

Copyright 2006 Media Source Inc. Used with Permission. 


A vividly imagined recreation of an asteroid impact and its immediate and subsequent effects on the dinosaurs. Sure to find its audience.

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Guided Reading Level
Publication date
June 20, 2007
I Can Read! Level 2: Reading With Help
BISAC categories
JNF003050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JNF045000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Readers | Beginner
JNF051050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Biology
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