Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled : How do we know what dinosaurs really looked like?

by Catherine Thimmesh


Sibert medalist Catherine Thimmesh unravels the mystery of how we bring to life a creature that no one has ever seen before. Strikingly illustrated with full-color images of some of the most beautiful and accurate dinosaur art available.

ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547991344
ISBN-10: 0547991347
Pages: 64
Publication Date: 10/01/2013
Carton Quantity: 28
Grade Level: 4,5,6,7
Age Range: 9,10,11,12


No human being has ever seen a triceratops or velociraptor or even the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. They left behind only their impressive bones. So how can scientists know what color dinosaurs were? Or if their flesh was scaly or feathered? Could that fierce T.rex have been born with spots?

In a first for young readers, the Sibert medalist Catherine Thimmesh introduces the incredible talents of the paleoartist, whose work reanimates gone-but-never-forgotten dinosaurs in giant full-color paintings that are as strikingly beautiful as they aim to be scientifically accurate, down to the smallest detail. Follow a paleoartist through the scientific process of ascertaining the appearance of various dinosaurs from millions of years ago to learn how science, art, and imagination combine to bring us face-to-face with the past.

Catherine Thimmesh

Catherine Thimmesh is the Sibert Medal–winning author of Team Moon. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family. Read More



"Required reading for serious dinophiles."
Kirkus

"Readers will come away from this excellent book with a new appreciation for dinosaur imagery and for the talented paleoartists who produce it."
The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

"A stellar look at the methods paleoartists employ to bring dinosaurs to life on paper. . . . A terrific package that will draw in browsers and serve report writers while inspiring young artists to consider applying their skills to this enthralling field."
School Library Journal, starred review

"Thimmesh raises good questions, find some intriguing answers, and leaves others for readers to ponder."
Booklist

"This is the kind of information that can lure in readers beyond the usual dino hounds, so casual museumgoers with kids with an interest in forensic reconstructions whould find the topic of interest too."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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