Arnold, Caroline Living Fossils: Clues to the Past 32 pgs Charlesbridge, 2016. $16.95 PICTURE BOOK/NONFICTION
This book describes what living fossils are and why they might
be so similar to their ancient ancestors. There are six different creatures
featured with their lives in the ancient past and their lives now. Included are
Coelacanth, Horseshoe Crab, Dragonflies, Tuatara, Chambered Nautilus, and the
Hula Painted Frog. Illustrated with large bright harmonious pictures.
This is another book where photographs would have gone a long
ways with helping students to see fossilized remains, and realizing the modern
day version is STILL alive. Some arrows and diagrams would have been nice, for
example the Tuartara is a lizard with a third eye! Student readers would love
to get a look at that! The cover isn’t very appealing but I bet some teachers
would be interested in using this as a lesson resource.
EL(K-3) –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School
Librarian & Author.