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An Alphabet of Dinosaurs, an (hc) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590464868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590464864
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this handsome and useful work, several of Barlowe's (Expedition) intricately detailed, vibrantly colored paintings possess an almost photographic clarity. Also impressive is the artwork's semblance of motion, as these beasts scurry across vivid landscapes, doing battle or foraging for food. Opposite each full-page illustration, Dodson (Giant Dinosaurs; Baby Dinosaurs) provides brief, lively descriptions of the various species. Beneath these entries are line drawings of each creature's skeleton or skull-by Michael Meaker, staff illustrator at L.A.'s Natural History Museum-and addenda focusing on specific physical characteristics. (Meaker's clean line art also illustrates a concluding compilation of vital statistics.) Though kids at the upper end of this target audience are beyond this format, they will surely be fascinated by the subject matter-especially by such creatures as the Xenotarsosaurus and the Zephyrosaurus, said to be recently discovered (just in time to conclude the ABCs!). Ages 6-10.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 4?A standout among the scores of dinosaur books that have stock photos or overused museum art. Barlowe's original artwork, more than the text (which acts almost as captions), is what makes this alphabet book extraordinary. It shows how well illustration can work, by capturing a fine balance of realism, drama, and imagination. These dinosaurs have the weight of real flesh and blood and are shown fighting, eating, or raising their young. Backgrounds of natural phenomena, such as volcanoes, sunsets, and a torrential monsoon, create a sense of drama and mood. The lighting and backdrop tones are also affected by the illustrations' unique settings?an underwater view, a stark rocky hillside, a moonlit evening?none of them typical dinosaur locales. Like their modern relatives the gila monster and macaws, these dinos are often shown to have brightly colored skin tones. But there's always an implication of purpose in their coloration, be it camoflage, mating finery, or species recognition. That's what ultimately makes this book so good. It links the imaginative possibilities of science with facts. The only disappointment is the alphabetical arrangement, which allows for only one creature per letter. Readers are shown T. rex, but not Triceratops. One can only hope for another volume!?Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The book goes from A-Z with different dinosaurs for each letter. The pictures are really neat and colorful! You'll know lots more about different dinosaurs after reading this book!
KDH--Age 5 1/2
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My 3-year old is obsessed with dinosaurs. But most of the dinosaur books we have are for older readers, and while he loves looking at the pictures, he doesn't understand a lot of the text when I read it to him. This book is great: it organizes the dinosaurs by the letters of the alphabet, and he loves learning what dinosaurs start with what letter; the text for each dinosaur is brief enough that the entire book can be read at bedtime; and the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. Highly recommended!
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By JAMES mell on August 3, 2013
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This book has many dinosaurs I have not seen or heard of, sent in good time and I encourage all people who like dinosaur to buy this Good price.
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