Prehistoric Ancestors of Modern Animals

From the Series If Extinct Beasts Came to Life

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

What if elephants were as small as dogs? What if frogs were protected by armor? In prehistoric times, they were! In fact, other than a few unique changes, lots of prehistoric beasts looked similar to modern animals that live on Earth. Hedgehogs had long tails and no quills, some birds laid eggs the size of footballs, and dragonflies could eat reptiles and amphibians! If these extinct beasts came to life, they might look familiar—but you wouldn’t want to get in their way! Read this book to learn more about the incredible and terrifying prehistoric ancestors of modern animals.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Browseable Nonfiction, Animals
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand Hungry Tomato ®
Imprint Hungry Tomato ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2017-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 7.6
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF025150, JNF003050
Dewey 560
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 970
Guided Reading Level V
Features Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Table of contents

Author: Matthew Rake

Matthew Rake lives in London and has worked in publishing for more than twenty years. He has written on a wide variety of topics, including science, sports, and the arts.

Illustrator: Simon Mendez

Simon Mendez, award-winning illustrator, combines his love of nature and drawing by focusing his illustrations on scientific and natural subjects. He paints a wide variety of themes but mainly concentrates on portraits and animal subjects. He lives in the UK.


School Library Journal

“[An] easy-to-read but hard-to-put-down series. . . . Whether dinosaur fans or not, readers of all ages will enjoy this visually stunning, informative, and, at times, humorous look at prehistory—libraries won’t want to miss out.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Armchair thrills aplenty for Anthropocene readers.”—Kirkus Reviews