The History of Prehistory: An Adventure Through 4 Billion Years of Life On Earth!

Otter-Barry. Mar. 2020. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781910959763.
Gr 2-5–Two children contemplate the beginnings of Earth in this illustrated introduction to prehistory. They imagine traveling back in time to when the world was a big volcanic ball, and then traveling forward until they find the first writings of humans (which is considered to be the end of prehistory). Each two-page spread discusses important periods (Cambrian, Triassic, Jurassic) with summaries of notable plants and animals after every major era. The young narrators provide extra factoids in oval bubbles on each page. The book includes a table of contents, a glossary, and a time line game at the very end (though readers will need to provide their own dice). The table of contents page says that the facts in this book are up-to-date and fact-checked by experts. Granström’s illustrations are lively and colorful. Scientific drawings of plants and animals are featured on every page.
VERDICT A fun way for kids to learn about prehistory. Recommended for libraries looking to beef up their history sections.

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