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Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  76 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
TOO TINY TO BE TERRIFYING. The fascinating world of baby dinosaurs—in amazing pictures!

What did a dinosaur look like sitting on its eggs? What kind of parent was a Tyrannosaurus rex? How could an Argentinosaurus, who probably hatched from an egg no bigger than 18 inches long, grow up to weigh more than 17 elephants? It’s a sure bet that kids—always fascinated by dinosau
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Flash Point (first published 2010)
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Melissa Stewart
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
There are a bazillion books about dinosaurs, so it's hard to imagine an author looking at this hot topic in a fresh way. But that's exactly what Lita Judge has done. I love the illustration, which are so life-like they seem like they might even jump off the page. The text includes all the most up-to-date information about dinosaur family relationships and expands on the information traditionally covered in a dinosaur book for thsi age level. Born ot Be Giants is a must read for young fans of the ...more
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly smart, Giants will probably teach adults a thing or two, as well. While dinosaurs are a perennial favorite in juvenile nonfiction, this one addresses a neglected subject: how young dinosaurs hatched and grew. This book draws from the latest scientific discoveries about the prehistoric animals.
Carrie Gelson
I was shocked by how much I learned from this book and how much I enjoyed learning it. The illustrations are fantastic.
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Just yesterday I had a very nice children's author from North Carolina visiting me in my library. She wanted to look at my room's collection of dinosaur books for kids, so we pulled over some chairs and took a look. After flipping through about fifteen titles, she turned to me and asked, "Is there an author that specializes in writing about dinosaurs for kids?" I was stumped. Generally speaking, authors sometimes treat dinosaurs as the topic that's going to get them a lot of money, but they aren ...more
Every #giant was once a #baby...So begins this fascinating book on dinosaurs. #Excellent for nature lovers of all ages.
Debbie Tanner
I loved this book about baby dinosaurs-the pictures are lovely and captivating but the text! Wow! Loved all the new vocabulary I learned while reading it.
Nov 29, 2016 added it
Shelves: informational
1. This book tells facts about the many different kinds of dinosaurs that roamed the Earth during the prehistoric age. It tells what paleontologists found and what must have happened there for them to find that. From the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the Troodon, this book goes through many facts and many ways that children can fully understand what they were like.

2. This is a great book to teach children about dinosaurs. It's fun and interesting with captivating illustrations. It does not just list off
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Every giant was once a baby," begins Lita Judge as she describes how dinosaur babies hatch from eggs. She explains the variety of eggs that paleontologists have found and compares the dinosaur sizes from hatchlings to adults. My favorite picture shows a teeny tiny Agentinosaurus standing next to its mother's toe. What a contrast!

Judge goes on to explain how scientists have come to their many conclusions about dinosaur young. Did dinosaurs protect their young? Some of the probably did. Did they
Katie Spencer
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Every giant was once a baby. "Born to Be Giants" is an interesting book, even if you are not all that fascinated about dinosaurs. It provides a glossary of dinosaurs and other words that will help you gain a better insight of what is it like to grow up as a dinosaur. In addition, the author explains how scientists (paleontologists) have come to their many conclusions about dinosaur young. With absorbing facts all about dinosaurs, I am sure that some of your own personal questions may get answere ...more
I didn't know about this book until someone shared it, but I'm so happy they did. Many know Lita Judge's wonderful power of illustration, but to share interesting information newly discovered in recent years about different kinds of dinosaur babies must be challenging. And it is both beautiful and instructive. I've known some things about dinosaurs, but not this new information, about varied dinosaurs, small and huge, feathered and not. Paleontologists have found evidence of behavior similar to ...more
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Filled with watercolor illustrations that highlight all sorts of dinosaurs from the time they are in egg form until they are hatched and grow up, this is another must-have title from the talented Lita Judge. The text is simple to understand, and the dinosaur names are featured in large, bold font size to catch the eye. Some pages have interior views of dinosaur heads, and several show them as mothers gathering their brood together. One of my favorite pages shows the Troodon offering a bit of mea ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
My niece and nephew were both engaged by this book, and both were enthusiastically learning what the author was presenting. The book was perhaps a little bit lengthy for my nephew, but he enjoyed it! He enjoyed the wide array of dinosaurs on display here, he enjoyed learning about the ways in which some dino parents cared for their young, and about how some babies were on their own the minute they hatched. He was kind of tickled to make the connection that some baby dinosarus were alone after ha ...more
Beth G.
In both paintings and text, Judge ponders what baby dinosaurs might have experienced. Were the eggs left to hatch alone, with infant dinosaurs fending for themselves until they were big enough to join the herd? Or did they spend time being cared for in a nest? What did they eat? How did they get their food? How did they avoid becoming food for other animals?

Comparisons to modern-day animals clarify certain concepts while short vivid scenes bring the long-gone animals to life. A glossary explains
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, 2015
Grab this book for any kid or adult fascinated by dinosaurs. Judge offers an unique introduction to the dinosaur world from other nonfiction books on this subject. Rather than provide a grouping of various dinosaurs, she presents how dinosaurs grow from when they're young, presenting intriguing facts about a few select species and tidbits related to important scientific discoveries in the field of paleontology. Her gorgeous artwork and comparisons to modern animals provide fascinating real world ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Definite must for librarians to add to their collections. Fills a gap with factual information and interesting illustrations. Appreciated part at the back with glossary and the author's note about having had ornithologist grandparents and being himself interested in geology and paleontology. The comparisons between how dinosaurs and some birds and other animals living today behave in their natural environments is priceless.
Maggi Rohde
I love finding a truly well-written narrative nonfiction picture book about a popular topic. Who doesn't love dinosaurs? Especially a book written and illustrated by an actual geologist who's studied dinosaurs her entire life? The language in this book is delicious and rich and just begs to be read aloud, and the illustrations are beautiful.
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Here's a different way to learn about dinosaurs: look at their babies! What a great lesson about informative writing, to find an interesting angle. I also read a blog where the author discussed her illustration choices. Some really nice compare/contrast in the illustrations.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: Lita Judge
If you have an older child who is Dino-Crazy, this book will make you a hero. The art is delightful and the content is pretty sophisticated. Still, Lita Judge gives kids wonderful information in an accessible way. My Dino-Crazy third graders loved it.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, psy-2012
This title gives us reason to buy YET ANOTHER dinosaur book! The author and illustrator has worked in the field and her up-to-date information and emphasis on dinosaur young make this book a great addition to any shelf of dino-books.
Gr. 2-4.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, nature, dinosaurs
The facts in this book absolutely blow my mind. This is a must-have for dinosaur fans!
Sep 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: dinosaurs
again--too long--but good reference book if you're doing research project on one type of dinosaur.
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i love this world
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I just read Lita Judge's Red Hat and then to read this one - so different. Anyway, it was a fun and informative read on dinosaurs.
Lynne Marie
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LOVED the art, the topic, the facts -- EVERYTHING!
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