‘Prehistoric Actual Size’ – Tuesday’s Look at THIS Book!

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room…


Today’s great book: Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins (2005, Houghton Mifflin Company)

About the Author: http://www.stevejenkinsbooks.com/

Teacher Resource:  http://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=23811&a=1

Time to Read: informational, facts and figures; great illustrations!

Summary:  from Scholastic.com…”What is it like to come face-to-face with the ten-foot-tall terror bird? Or stare into the mouth of the largest meat eater ever to walk the earth? Can you imagine a millipede that is more than six feet long, or a dinosaur smaller than a chicken? In this “actual size” look at the prehistoric world, which includes two dramatic gatefolds, you’ll meet these awe-inspiring creatures, as well as many others.”

Best Quote from the Book:  “In this book you’ll see what these prehistoric animals, along with many others, may have looked like at actual size.”

Our View:  Written and illustrated by acclaimed author Steve Jenkins, Prehistoric Actual Size is the award-winning sequel to another of our favorite books by the author, Actual Size.  The book is full of great and intriguing information about prehistoric animals and includes detailed illustrations that give readers a sense of just how enormous (or tiny) many of these animals were.  There is also an index of information with more details about each animal.  We bought this book because our nephews are drawn to such informational books right now and devour them quickly and then talk about them for days on end.  Jenkins’ books are especially captivating and truly bring to life some amazing information.  This is a unique book that dads can purchase and give away whenever they have the opportunity.  

Somewhere Up Ahead

We visited Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glenn Rose, Texas a few weeks ago. There we found a wonderful trail that makes its way along a steep cliff and across some rocky terrain and it led us to several amazing fossilized footprints of dinosaurs.

Our younger daughters took the lead from the moment we stepped out of the car.  It was fascinating to me because they don’t often do that in new situations.

As we wound our way down into the riverbed, they hollered for me several times from somewhere up ahead, “Dad, are you still there?” and, “Dad, use the path to your left, it’s easier than the one on the right.” and, “Dad, you won’t believe what we found!”

I hear them say these things from somewhere up ahead and I am mesmerized by the boundless joy and growing sense of Indiana-Jones-style adventure that compels them.

They are speaking to me with more than words though; it is the sounding bells of growing up, of taking just a few more steps away from their mother and me, a few more paths that are of their own making.

I am following them, a few steps back, but always listening, listening, listening…somewhere up ahead.