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Dinosaur (Eyewitness Books) Hardcover – September 5, 1989


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Product Details

  • Series: Eyewitness Books
  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st American ed edition (September 5, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394822536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394822532
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,338,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a mini museum between the covers of a book. [Eyewitness series] -- The New York Times

These books' striking visual impact will draw in even the most casual readers. [Eyewitness series] -- School Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Full-color photos. "From cover to cover, this openly invites the reader to discover the delights of dinosaurs. The visual appeal is impressive. The text is informative. Fossilization, skeleton reconstruction, and a superb time scale round out a stunning and compelling book. Complete, authoritative, exact, and imaginative, it is sure to survive when other dinosaur books become extinct."--(starred) Science Books & Films.  

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An excellent educational resource!
Steven A. Peterson
Purchased for our son the budding paeleontologist, this book is of the same excellent quality as other Eyewitness books in our family library.
M Poole
Everyone can learn something from these books.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ojai mom on January 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have bought several of the DK book for my son (3 1/2 yrs) and have been very happy with all of them, so when he became interested in dinosaurs I thought this would be perfect for him. When I received it though, I was a little disappointed in it. It just didn't seem to have very much variety, as far as the dinosaurs and their names, etc...I ended up getting "Dinosaur Atlas- An amazing journey through a lost world", also by DK, and love it!!! It has exellent and extensive life-like pictures of the dinosaurs, along with the pronunciation and meaning of the names. It also has see-through pages overlaying some of the larger photos, showing the skeletal system of the dinosaur. There is also an interactive cd-rom included, which is kind of limited in what it shows, but a cool little addition. The book also sub-divides the dinosaurs by location, depending on what continent they lived on, and pages showing how and where they lived. There are all sorts of little tid-bits of info interspersed throughout the book (ie: "Did you know?" boxes), making it an even richer book. I love to sit dowon and look at this book with my son, since I learn so much too! I highly recommend this book over the basic Dinosaur book by DK.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The DK series of eyewitness books are all fabulous, but this has to be my favorite. Dinosaurs are always appealing to children and adults and this book is no disappointment. Superb studio-quality, well lit photographs give you close-up shots of teeth and bones so real, you'll feel like they're right there for you to touch and pick up.
Theories on how dinosaurs really looked on the outside and how they walked are explored. Every caption has a tidbit of information that is interesting to anyone who reads it. A book like this will keep a child of any reading age occupied for no less than an hour on a road trip... and it will constantly be read over and over again... it's just intriguing and beautifully presented.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Pack on June 16, 2000
Format: Library Binding
I appreciate this book because it gives you drawings and paintings of how prehistoric creatures lived millions of years ago. It gives a perfect understanding of the study and also art of Paleontology. This book is, in my opinion, 1 of 2 of my most favorite books ever published for the scientific review of more than just a few species...This concludes my review.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have been reviewing books in the Eyewitness Companions series, and every so often someone has noted that there was an earlier Eyewitness Book series for kids. Oblivious was I. . . . The other day, when looking at one of my shelves, I found a whole shelf dedicated to books like this from when my son was young. So, this represents a wonderful rediscovery of a resource that proved valuable for my son as he was growing up!

"Dinosaurs" is very well done for younger readers. It provides quite a bit of information, in a style and context that would be accessible to kids and parents. The book is attractively published, with slick pages and lots of well done visuals, with many depictions of dinosaurs and their environment. An excellent educational resource!

The content? The book covers a lot of territory, without any great depth in any area. But that is quite appropriate for younger readers. Among subjects covered: Long-necked beasts; Dinosaur diets; Meat eaters; Plant eaters; Plated dinosaurs; Claws and their uses; Eggs and nests; Death of the Dinosaurs; Dinosaur or bird (are birds dinosaurs??); etc.

All in all, a great resource for kids who want to know more about dinosaurs.
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Format: Hardcover
I have never been a fan of DK's eyewitness books, and this is no exception. Without argument, this book has beautiful, large illustrations that leave no doubt in someone's mind what a triceratops skull for example looked like, but besides that, there is little to recommend this book (and others like it in the series).

Many different topics are covered, from dinosaur diets, to finding fossils, but they attempt to cram too much information in too little space, so that nothing is truly covered in depth. Instead, things are just mentioned, and big pictures are shoved down you face.

These books are not meant to be read. They are meant to be browsed through, so the writing is superfluous anyway. I understand that that is the way the series is designed, but it is a format that really doesn't lend itself to learning. "Wow, what a huge dinosaur skull!" and then that's it. You end up knowing very little else about it, and all you get out of it was a quick thrill.
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