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Terror Bird
Contributor(s): Thomson, Sarah L., Plant, Andrew (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1580893996     ISBN-13: 9781580893992
Publisher: Charlesbridge Pub Inc
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2013

Annotation: Describes the behavior and characteristics of the flightless terror birds who lived in what is now South America fifteen million years ago.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Phorusrhacidae; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Birds
Dewey: 568/.3
LCCN: 2012029366
Lexile Measure: 490
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Ancient Animals
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 6.00" W x 0.25" (0.20 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 159391
Reading Level: 2.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Contributor Bio(s): Sarah L. Thomson is a former children’s book editor who is now a full-time children’s book writer. She has written more than thirty books across many genres. She lives in Portland, Maine.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Fifteen million years ago, a seven-foot carnivorous bird (cf2]Kelenken guillermoi) at the top of its food web dominated South America. The grisly particulars of the terror bird's feeding habits, its anatomy and behavior, and the basics of population dynamics are conveyed through simple sentences and evocative color illustrations that spare none of the bloody details. Reading list, websites.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 September)

K-Gr 2—Imagine a predator that stands about seven feet tall and has an enormous hooked beak and long, thick, sharp talons. All of these traits combined to form the largest-known carnivore in the avian world, called the terror bird. It thrived in South America more than 15 million years ago but died out after a land bridge between South and North America formed. These facts, coupled with acrylic gouache illustrations that artfully depict the terrain and various items on the terror bird's menu as they are eaten, will appeal to children fascinated by predator/prey relationships and creatures of the past. The book includes a gallery of other flightless birds. The text is simple and straightforward, with short sentences and an open format. The author concludes with theories about the bird's demise.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID

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