Forgotten Beasts
Book cover
Amazing Creatures that Once Roamed the Earth
Author(s): Matt Sewell
Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN/ISSN: 9781843653936
Review

Most children at some point become enamored by the great dinosaurs that roamed Earth before the coming of man, but few children explore the other bizarre creatures who lived in those ancient times. Compiled by best-selling writer, artist, and ornithologist Matt Sewell, this title explores 45 of these unique animals, from the more familiar saber-toothed tiger, dire wolf, and wooly mammoth to tongue-twisters like the paraceratherium, the platybelodon, and the ornimegalonyx. The book opens with a timeline which places each animal in its era. Each beast is depicted across a double-page spread with text describing its size, weight, time period, and diet with additional information on where this creature was found, its mobility, structure, and classification. The information will provide students with a starting point for researching these strange creatures, especially the sections detailing the impact of humans on the survival of these animals. Some of the last survivors were the thylacine, which survived at the Hobart Zoo, Tasmania until the 1930's and the giant moa, last seen in the 1300's. The purpose of this book is to raise awareness of endangered animals, even those living today, so that they may avoid extinction. This title is a necessary addition to libraries where Matt Sewell's award winning The Colorful World of Dinosaurs (Princeton Architectural Press 2018) is popular. Materials in this book will foster student inquiry and research, lining up perfectly with the newly revised National Science Education Standards for grades K-12. Also applicable are Science Standards for grades K-4, which include characteristics and life cycles of creatures, and for grades 5-8, which include structure and function in living systems, reproduction and heredity, regulation and behavior, populations and ecosystems, and diversity and adaptations of organisms. Even standards for grades 9-12, which focus on the origin and evolution of earth systems, biological evolution, and interdependence of organisms, are all addressed by materials in this book. The artist's note in the Introduction explains how the artist used information now available through paleontological research to choose colors which science has indicted are the true colors of beasts from the "bright, scary world of the distant past." This will be a selection that will enchant readers looking for real monsters and provide a solid, simple reference for scientific exploration.

Reviewer: Mary Jo Kelly-Nix, Library Media Specialist, The Dufrocq School, Baton Rouge, LA
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 3-8
Review Date: November 1, 2019
Product Description

A witty, colorful celebration of the amazing lost creatures of this planet; with a strong message of protection and conservation.

Matt Sewell's follow-up to The Colorful World of Dinosaurs is a beautifully-illustrated large format look at the amazing beasts that time forgot--from the relatively well known, such as the sabre-toothed tiger and woolly mammoth, to the obscure monsters that walked the earth millions of years ago--many now forgotten.

Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: HC
# Pages: 96
Price: $19.95
Genre: Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: Other
Entry ID: 2213944

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