Walking with Dinosaurs: The Winter Ground (I Can Read Book 2)
Patchi and Juniper are a pair of very young Pachyrhinosauri. They become separated from their herd while the herd is moving to their winter ground. Juniper has injured her leg and they are moving very slowly. They find their way to a long beach where the tide is coming in rapidly. Juniper is having trouble moving. A red crab comes toward them and snaps his pincers. The young dinosaurs have never seen such creatures and are curious. Patchi sniffs at the crab and the crab latches onto Patchi’s nose. Patchi yelps and shakes the crab off. More crabs surround Patchi and start a strange dance. A giant pterosaur lands and eats all the crabs. Patchi and Juniper ran into the trees to hide. Night falls and they are surrounded by scary sounds and shadows. They find a sleeping Gorgosaurus and sneak away. Some Chirostenotes appear and start herding the young Pachyrhinosauri, but the Gorgosaurus awakens and attacks the Chriostenotes. Patchi and Juniper run for their lives.
Early readers will find this adventure story exciting. The vocabulary is appropriately challenging for this group and the story is pretty good, although the main characters get lucky rather than actively solving their problem.