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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (October 5, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064450783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064450782
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2The most notable change in this revision is the pictures: bright cray on-colored drawings have replaced the drab gray and green illustrations of the earlier edition. The hand-lettered cap tions and the dialogue in balloons have been slightly enlarged, making them easier to read. Textual changes are slight; Brontosaurus is now called Apa tosaurus, and some pages have been combined to streamline the book. Al though the 1981 edition already depict ed both men and women and people of diverse ethnic backgrounds, it's nice to be greeted by a smiling female paleon tologist on the cover of the new edition. There's not much new information here, but the packaging is certainly more timely and appealing.Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Li brary
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Aliki has been delighting her many fans since her first book was published. A longtime resident of New York City, she now lives in London.

Aliki's books for young readers include All by Myself!, Digging Up Dinosaurs, Fossils tell of Long Ago, How a Book Is Made, Mummies Made in Egypt, My Feet, My Five Senses, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Zoo, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, and William Shakespeare & the Globe.


More About the Author

Aliki is the author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children that are treasured by readers all over the world. Her many well-loved titles include My Visit to the Zoo, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Dinosaurs, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, Tabby, and Those Summers. Aliki lives near the Globe theater, in London, England.

In Her Own Words..."Aliki grew up in Philadelphia in a big Greek family where everyone was busy creating and sharing their activities. She knew from the time she was in kindergarten that she wanted to bean artist, although music was also a natural talent. She was encouraged throughout her early life by her parents and by teachers she will never forget."She graduated from the Philadelphia Collegeof Art and started a career in advertising art. After she married Franz Brandenberg, Aliki continued her career in his country, Switzerland, where they lived for three years. It was there that she wrote and illustrated her first book, The Story of William Tell, which was published in England. When they moved to New York, Aliki wrote and illustrated My Five Senses--the book that changed the direction of her career and her life.

Although she had never thought of being a writer, Aliki has been making books ever since. Children's books, she says, are a combination of two things I love: words and pictures. I also love the privacy of books--both reading them and making them. Aliki writes fiction, in which she can express her feelings, and nonfiction research books about subjects she's interested in and wants to know more about. Each book is a new challenge; each is different, she says. The subject directs the way I illustrate a book, the same way friends bring out different parts of us. The challenge is to get the words right and then to make pictures that expand and enhance their meaning.""Besides her own books, Aliki has illustrated many written by Franz Brandenberg and other authors. Her two children are also in the arts. Jason is a filmmaker and Alexa is a children's book author-illustrator. They appear in almost all of her books as cats, mice, or themselves.

Aliki loves music, theater, cinema, museums, children, her cat, Nefertiti, and working in her garden in London, where she lives. She travels frequently to the U.S., Greece, Switzerland, and other parts of the world, though most of the time she is alone in her studio with the books she is working on--and Mozart."

Customer Reviews

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TC
And you know, I always thought I'd be a paleontologist when I was a kid, and even though I don't want to be one anymore, it's still fun to read great stuff like this.
theboombody
Read this book then go find the episode that goes with it.
Michelle Llewellyn

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
I am six years old and in second grade. I needed a book for my report on Apatasaurus. This book was just perfect. I had to have 5 sources for my report, and this book was my favorite. I have a few other books on Dinosaurs from this author too. I like the way he writes. Thanks for your help with all the good information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By theboombody VINE VOICE on March 24, 2007
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I just thought this book was flat-out funny, for kids and adults. Although most of the humor is in the pictures, there's a little bit mixed in with the text as well.

Before reading this book, I didn't know that most dinosaur skeletons in museums were actually copies of real-life skeletons. But when you think about it, it makes sense. I mean, how many complete authentic T-rex skeletons are out there? Not too many. Got to have copies if you want people to see skeletons.

I kept looking for the author's last name in this book but never found it.

And you know, I always thought I'd be a paleontologist when I was a kid, and even though I don't want to be one anymore, it's still fun to read great stuff like this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lachmot on June 8, 2011
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I grew up with the 1981 edition and I was thrilled when my parents brought it out for my kids. The clear and precise text has a nice flow that is better-suited to reading aloud than most science books. The pictures are humorous and include plenty of women paleontologists, making the 1981 book more modern in that respect at least than many of my sons' newer dino books. But it is special because, among the oodles of kids' dinosaur books out there, this is the one that puts it all into context for me, from the thrill of first Dinosaur discoveries of the mid 1800s ("What finds these were! People crowded into museums to see them...") to how scientists really do have to make educated guesses about how all those bones fit together. I'm delighted to see this still in print.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Titchywitch on January 22, 2012
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This is an enjoyable and suitably simple introduction for 6-7 year old children to the topics of dinosaurs and fossils. My class are really enjoying the book and talking about the scenarios and facts!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dianeshiner on March 15, 2012
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Our 7 year old daughter LOVES Dinosaurs and doesn't love reading too much. She loves this book and even took it to school with her for show and tell! Great price for a very cool item!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Llewellyn on December 14, 2013
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Hopefully Netflix or some other tv/movie streaming service will one day offer episodes of classic tv shows like the children's show I loved since the summer of 1983 when it first debuted, Reading Rainbow. Like millions of other children, this show opened my eyes to a world of reading. Read this book then go find the episode that goes with it. I am lucky enough to live in a city with a library that offers almost every episode on DVD. If I had kids, I would encourage them to read all my favorite RR books and watch the corresponding episodes through whatever medium our currently technology offers.
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The focus of this book is how the bones get from the field to the museum. There's some overlap/repetition of material that is covered in the other dinosaur books that Aliki penned. Most of it pertains to the history of discovery of the Thunder Lizards.

The new material shows how the bones are unearthed, shipped, identified, and stored. How plaster casts are made and how the bones are mounted for presentation.

There's some emphasis on the size of the dinosaurs and the fear they may inspire. I'm not quite sure why Aliki focuses on fear in this book (and the others). I don't know any children who are afraid, but maybe there are.

I don't like this book quite as much as the others. There seems to be too much repetition and sections that don't add much value, like the descriptions of what people do. Some were good and useful, others like 'worker' and 'camera person' seem pretty lame.

The best information I thought was on the fossilization process and how field crews carefully unearth the bones.
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By Tracy L. Turner on July 10, 2014
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Great book!!!
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