When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Beg: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life Long Before Dinosaurs

When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Beg: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life Long Before Dinosaurs


By (author) Hannah Bonner

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  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Format: Hardback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 220mm x 266mm x 12mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 9 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Hanover, PA
  • ISBN 10: 1426300786
  • ISBN 13: 9781426300783
  • Illustrations note: col
  • Sales rank: 893,486

Product description

Written in a lively, conversational style and illustrated with the author's colourful, scientifically accurate paintings and very funny cartoons, When "Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm" takes readers back 430 million years ago - long before dinosaurs existed - to a time when life on land was limited to tiny bugs crawling around under equally tiny plants. Over the next 80 million years or so, four-legged creatures made their first appearance on Earth, as "fish got feet." Age-appropriate appendixes, including a time line of life on Earth and a chart to help keep vertebrates straight, make this an excellent curriculum support resource.

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Author information

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.

Review quote

"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"