What do you get when you cross a woolly mammoth’s memoir with facts?
A creative work of expository nonfiction about the Ice Age and its crazy cast of characters.
This book also includes answers to your burning questions, like Why was the Ice Age so cold? How do you defrost a Woolly Mammoth? Who were the Neanderthals? and What are the La Brea Tar Pits? Inquiring minds want to know!
Here’s a peek at a couple of the creepier creatures.
I don’t know about you, but I’d steer clear of a sloth the size of an elephant. However, Neanderthal humans weren’t afraid of them, because those cuddly giants were slow and docile…and ended up as dinner for those hungry humans.
I would, however, run if I were being followed by a Giant Teratorn, “one of the largest flying birds” ever, with a wingspan of 23 feet. Apparently this enormous bird could soar like a hang glider.
If you’d like a taste of Maisie’s memoir, here’s a snippet of what Maisie recalls about her friend, the saber-toothed cat, aka Stella the Star:
“Once seen, never forgotten! Stella’s trademark was her megawatt smile and with canines that measured up to 11 inches (almost the height of this book), she was very hard to miss. If you thought that her roar was worse than her bite, you’d be dead wrong.”
I’m sure you’d like to hear about a saber-toothed salmon, a giant short-faced bear, or a Titanoboa constrictor named Victor the Villian who could swallow crocodiles in one gulp.
Gulp! I’m glad I wasn’t around in the Ice Age.
Back matter includes a glossary and a proper index (because Mike Benton is a professor of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Bristol).
Kids will keep coming back to this book for the fascinating facts, the quirky illustrations, and the tongue-in-cheek humor about some of the strange and wonderful creatures who inhabited the Ice Age (several appear to be gigantic versions of ones we share planet Earth with today). Kudos to Thames and Hudson for publishing this gem!
Make your own Ice Age shadow puppet.
Take a virtual field trip to the La Brea Tar Pits.
Read the graphic novel, It Came From the Tar Pits!
Title: Maisie the Mammoth’s Memoirs
Author: Prof. Mike Benton
Illustrator: Rob Hodgson
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, 2020
Themes: Ice Age, animals, STEM
Ages: Elementary school
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