Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review of LIVING FOSSILS in School Library Journal, February 2016

I was pleased to receive this excellent review of Living Fossils: Clues to the Past in the February issue of School Library Journal.

A glimpse into the world of living fossils, or modern-day plants or animals that are very similar to now extinct species. Realistic acrylic paintings of the different creatures and their fossilized counterparts accompany brief text describing the creatures and comparing them to their modern versions. Sidebars point to specific survival adaptations that have allowed the horseshoe crab and dragonfly to survive from their initial evolution to today, for examples. An overview time line, which covers 3.5 billion years, will help readers see the sequence of development. The volume ends with a spread that offers further details about the six species covered. VERDICT: A strong addition to all libraries and one that dinosaur fanatics will love.  Dorcas Hand, Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston, TX

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