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Dino Dung (Step into Reading) Paperback – March 22, 2005

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Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. What an excellent way to draw kids into the science of paleontology--by focusing on the poop that dinosaurs left behind. Chin and Holmes briefly describe the history of coprolite (fossilized feces) study, how scientists identify and examine samples, and what the samples reveal. A few groan-worthy puns aside ("Who dung it?" appears twice, and the final chapter is called "It All Comes Out in the End"), the text is smooth, informative, and lively, and once kids can get over the giggles, they'll find the clearly presented concepts fascinating. Computer-enhanced images juxtapose fossil finds with simulated scenes of dinos in their natural habitat; there are also a few portraits of legendary scientists in the field. An entry in the Step into Reading series, this chapter book makes an excellent choice for newer readers seeking exciting nonfiction. Gillian Engberg
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... a splendid point of entry for the ten-year-old in all of us. -- Natural History Magazine, May 2005

...unique enough that it should draw in many young readers and perhaps be a springboard to their own research. -- Dino Russ's Lair, dinoruss.org --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Step into Reading
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375827021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375827020
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Smith on March 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
My wife had a hard job convincing the courier man that he had just delivered dino dung to Dannemora - Dannemora being the name of our district. But deliver he did!

The publishers of Random House Children's books have just sent me an advance copy of Dino Dung - the Scoop on Fossil Feces.

This is a new book by Dr Karen Chin and Thom Holmes with illustrations by Karen Carr and another in the Step into Reading series recommended for Grades 2-4.

From the case of the Weird White Blobs to the Telltale Tyrannosaur, this book is a real Who `Dung' It?

Dr Chin is a world renowned authority on the fecal remains of dinosaurs and her partnership with the highly regarded author of children's books, Thom Holmes, has produced a fascinating insight into the science of coprolites.

There are a lot of interesting facts and observations packed into the forty eight pages of this Junior Reader: the role of bacteria in converting dino dung into these trace fossils, how to spot a true coprolite and learning that the size of the pile doesn't necessarily equate to the size of the depositor.

As with other books in this series, the pictures in this gem are clear and concise, even when illustrating difficult subjects such as the cut-away sections of ground or sections observed under a microscope.

Readers will also enjoyed the subtle humour in the headers such as "The Scat with Nine Lives"

The publishers are on to another winner with this book and we will be recommending it to children everywhere - and no doubt a few adults!

Roger Smith

Publisher of Dinosaurnews

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This is an interesting overview of the subject of coprolites. I bought a copy when my kids were young, but I still keep it in my library next to a well-formed specimen from the Cretaceous. Recently, at a local flea market, I found an old can of Shinola that I have on display next to the coprolite. It is good for some spontaneous laughter from the very few who get the joke.
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