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When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs Took Flight: A Cartoon PreHistory of Life in the Triassic (National Geographic Kids) Hardcover – April 10, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: National Geographic Kids
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426308620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426308628
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up on the Spanish island of Mallorca, in an American household. As a child I loved to draw, and I loved nature. I raised baby sparrows that had fallen out of their nest, kept mosquito larvae in a jar in order to watch them hatch, and drew things I saw under the microscope. An English friend and I set up a Natural History museum in the wood shed where we displayed bones, fossils and shells we'd found (to say nothing of the skull of my pet hamster, which in the name of science I had dug up a year or two after it died).

When I was a senior in high school, my father wrote a book about the plants of Mallorca, and I did pen-and-ink drawings to go with it. This was my first illustration job.

In college I majored in art, but continued to be interested in biology. I went on to illustrate all sorts of things: first grade readers, folk tales, classroom materials for the science show Nova, a children's science dictionary (the Scholastic Science Dictionary, 2000), books about local mammals and birds, and more. I became especially interested in paleontology when a paleontologist friend of mine asked me to create a reconstruction of a prehistoric goat. Since then I have done other reconstructions, and I like the challenge of bringing the past to life. I also love telling a story in pictures. I got to do both in the three "When" books I did for National Geographic Children's Books: When Bugs Were Big, When Fish Got Feet and When Dinos Dawned. I'm delighted to announce that they are soon to appear as a single book, along with a bunch of brand-new info and activities as well as updated scientific facts. The title? When Bugs Were Big, When Fish Got Feet and When Dinos Dawned. I know, it's looooong! Another book is in the works, more on that later:-)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam C. Pritchard on August 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am a paleontologist and a bit of a purist on books/DVDs I recommend for anyone interested in fossils. Popular books often have many technical errors or oversimplifications that can mislead readers on both subtle details and very broad ideas. Not so in "When Dinos Dawned..." Hannah Bonner's book features an amazing density of wonderful information on the Triassic Period, the first period of the Mesozoic Era when dinosaurs began to rule the Earth.

Bonner features a greater diversity of reptiles and animals from the Triassic than any other popular book for children or adults. The cartoon reconstructions of animals are very accurate and energized. Each and every detail in the book was clearly researched meticulously. Half-shelled turtles, tail-clawed "monkey lizards," toothless crocodile relatives, the very first dinosaurs, and dozens of other beasts are all highlighted. Hilarious comic strips help make sense of the important events at that time. Best of all, the information here will help build an understanding not only of paleontology but of natural history in general. As an introductory text on dinosaurs and fossils, I cannot recommend this book enough.

If you have a young person in your life interested in dinosaurs, prehistoric life, or animals in general, go ahead and buy this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By between these days on February 19, 2013
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We have two of the other books from this series and have enjoyed them immensely. This one did not disappoint. The artwork is fantastic, the kids giggle while reading it, and I love that it presents the science accurately. We *highly* recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dino Dan on March 11, 2013
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The third book by the delightful Hannah Bonner picks up where the previous one left off...into the Triassic with the first dinosaurs! But before there were dinosaurs, there were a whole menagerie of creatures they shared a very different planet with. I'm amazed so much information can be presented in so small a package! Again, the charming, delightful series instructs and entertains. The science is easily understood, and the artwork is magnificient. I heartily recommend this book, and I hope Bonner continues into the Jurassic with a future addition to her library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandpa M on June 24, 2014
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Our seven year od grandson loved it as shown by his demanding it be read to him at bedtime each night during our visit together.
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This is the third I have acquired over the last few years in this series of books. They are written in an easy to read amusing way but convey lots of information. The illustrations are excellent, and these books really give you an excellent glimpse into some long-ago periods of Earth's history and the changes that have taken place as life evolved into more recognizable forms, and emerged from the oceans onto land. Although these books would be perfectly readable by grade school kids, I found them a fascinating read and a great opportunity to learn more about a time I knew little about. I have a Ph.D. in biology, by the way.
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