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Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) Paperback – October 5, 1988
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About the Author
With more than 60 fiction and nonfiction titles for children to her credit, Aliki has been delighting her many fans since her first book was published in 1960. Born in New Jersey, she now lives in New York City.
Aliki's books for young readers include the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out titles Digging Up Dinosaurs, Fossils Tell of Long Ago, My Feet, and My Hands. Other nonfiction books by Aliki include How a Book Is Made, Mummies Made in Egypt, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Dinosaurs, My Visit to the Zoo, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, and William Shakespeare & the Globe.
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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."
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The boys enjoyed the book the first time and have enjoyed it every time we read it.Published 2 months ago by Donna B.
I bought this for 2-4 year olds and it is a little more appropriate for 6-8 year olds.Published 4 months ago by katmartinez
Easy enough for a 5 year old to read and enjoyable for all young people.Published 6 months ago by Alice PK
Aliki is one of the best writers for children. She writes in a clear and easy style at the same time never talking down to her young audience. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jennifer Calderone