Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Apex Predators by Steve Jenkins - ESSENTIAL

Jenkins, Steve Apex Predators NON FICTION PICTURE BOOK, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017. $17.99. Content: G. 

With large pictures and short descriptions, Steve Jenkins teaches about the Apex Predators - those predators so powerful and ferocious that no one hunts them.  Both extinct and modern, we learn about tigers and sharks and the Komodo dragon, the apex predator dinosaurs - like the giant Tylosaurus, and the Utahraptor, extinct mammals like the giant short-faced bear and the marsupial saber-tooth, and even extinct predatory birds like the giant Teratorn or the flightless terror bird.  

Each illustration includes a scale reference with a drawing of an adult human male standing beside the predator, and a little tidbit of “further information” about each one.  At the end, there was an "apex predator face off" - both on land and on sea, to see how a modern predator would stand up against an ancient one.   This would work great in a middle school or elementary classroom as a springboard for further study of a species or as a discussion in a science class about these unique creatures. There is a mention at the end that man is the deadliest predator that ever lived. Includes a bibliography and websites you can visit for further information.

EL, MS - ESSENTIAL  Lisa Librarian

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