When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm
A Cartoon Prehistory of Life Long Before Dinosaurs
By Hannah Bonner
(National Geographic Children's Books, Paperback, 9781426305467, 48pp.)
Publication Date: September 8, 2009
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Take a fun, fact-filled trip back to Earth as it was 430 million years ago. Then, watch as continents drift and oceans take shape. Watch out (!) as fish get toothier, plants stretch skywards and bugs get bigger. Soon fish get feet and four-legged creatures stalk the planet. Here’s the story of Earth in conversational text, informative illustrations, and humorous cartoons. Complete with time line, pronunciation guide, glossary and index.
Hannah Bonner grew up on the Spanish island of Mallorca. She studied biology and art at Oberlin College in Ohio. Her natural science illustrations have graced many publications including the best-selling Scholastic Science Dictionary and When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth, her previous National Geographic children's title. This was a Booklist Top 10 Science Book for Youth and was included in the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.
"The use of age-appropriate appendixes...make this an exemplary curriculum support resource, but kids who dig dinosaurs will read the book purely for pleasure. Let's hope this author-illustrator will decide to present more history for young readers." Starred review, Booklist