When Mammoths Walked the Earth
Publication Date: September 2002
Categories: Animals - Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
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Growing to weights of 10 tons and distinguished by enormous curling tusks, mammoths were the largest land animals of the Ice Age. Today, discoveries of mammoth fossilsin places ranging from tar pits and sinkholes to frozen tundra and the bottom of the seaare expanding our view into the lives of these fascinating giants. In this meticulously researched, clear, and accessible book, award-winning nonfiction author Caroline Arnold describes the natural history of mammoths, highlighting their physical features and adaptation to the environment. Laurie Caple’s stunning, scientifically accurate watercolors complement the text and provide an intriguing look at these huge creatures and what the world was like at the time when mammoths walked the earth. Index.
Caroline Arnold always loved books, but as a child she never thought of writing as a career. Born in Pittsburgh, she grew up in Minneapolis and studied art at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. "It was only after my children were born that I became acquainted with children's books and it occurred to me that I could use my training to become a children's book illustrator. I soon realized that I needed a text to go with the pictures, and the more I wrote, the more I realized that I liked writing as much as or more than drawing. I've always been fascinated by the natural world and love to go to the parks and museums. Perhaps that is why so many of my books are about scientific topics." Arnold is now the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a neuroscientist, and teaches writing at UCLA Extension. For more information visit www.carolinearnoldbooks.com.
"Informative . . . intriguing details . . . precise illustrations [portray] the pristine vastness of ancient landscapes as well as the massiveness of the mammoths." Horn Book
"Arnold’s offering present[s] a detailed look at mammoth ancestry and anatomy. Libraries will want to take a look." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books