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First Dinosaur Encyclopedia Hardcover – December 18, 2006

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Grade 2–5—Solid introductory information and strong visual appeal make this a fine choice for dinosaur fans. Crystal-clear photographs of models and artifacts fill every spread, in combinations of full scenes, spot images, and inset boxes. Paragraph-length captions supply most of the information, but there's a logical flow to the assortment of facts that makes the book suitable for reading as well as browsing. After providing general background about dinosaurs, chapters proceed chronologically through the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, highlighting selected species along the way. Closing sections cover other forms of prehistoric life, paleontology basics, and theories of dinosaur extinction. Various features encourage interaction and fact finding: see-also references are given in "Become an expert" insets; a question and its upside-down answer appear in a bar at the bottom of each spread; and "Curiosity quizzes" challenge readers to match visual clues cropped from larger illustrations. The text is clear, with enough intriguing facts to fascinate without overwhelming. Caption headings such as "weird or what?" and "Look at that claw!" contribute to the sense of fun and amazement that goes along with the research. Dinosaur size is usually noted within the text or with scale diagrams, though descriptions of some species, including Brachiosaurus and Spinosaurus, lack that key data. There's enough information here to serve as a useful first reference resource for curiosity or assignments, while the engaging illustrations and browsable format extend the book's appeal to much younger kids.—Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
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In lavishly illustrated DK style, this volume introduces young readers not only to dinosaurs but also to reference-book basics like cross-referencing and indexing. Chapters cover how dinosaurs lived, what kinds there were, and what might have happened to them. A final chapter on fossils brings paleontology to life. Though the book is designed as a "first" encyclopedia, older students will enjoy it, too. Buy copies to circulate as well as to house in the children's reference collection. Quinn, Mary Ellen

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children (December 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756625394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756625399
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By W. Wise on March 20, 2007
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My 5 year old son enjoys this book, but I wish it had a better resource for learning about individual dinosaurs. Great pictures and information on the time periods, but he's too young to learn (or not interested) in the time periods, we want more information on each individual dinosaur. Bits of information on each dinosaur is scattered throughout the book, so it's hard to find all the facts of the T-Rex for example.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K Raphael VINE VOICE on October 28, 2009
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For quite some time, my 4yr old's favorite dinosaur book was My Big Dinosaur Book. Recently, however, he asked me to find him "a serious dinosaur book." So, I searched our public library, and found First Dinosaur Encyclopedia. My son loves this book.

It begins by disucssing how different the Earth was when dinosaurs existed. Illustrations show the changes between the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. Not only are dinosaurs from each period featured, but details about plant life and fossilization are included.

Both the drawings and photographs remind me of the Discovery Channel shows like When Dinosaurs Roamed America. The actual information is extremely well-organized, making it very easy for any young student to write a report or essay using this book, on his or her own. Pages also, include "buttons" that have either a reference to another selection in the book, or some unusual fact is highlighted. In addition, the glossary contains words that would make a great vocabulary list.

I recommend this dinosaur encyclopedia to anyone interested in the subject; keep in mind this is intended as an introductory encyclopedia.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Phan Phu on December 20, 2010
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Bought it book intended to give it to a 5 y/o for xmas. I looked through the book and found the info to be too scattered. It's arranged by: intro, info about dinosaurs, and time period. Each page has bits of info here and there. Personally, I just did not like the arrangement of info. If you are looking for a book with a different dinosaur on each page with some info about them, this is not the book for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diana Binkhoelter on September 22, 2009
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This book is well worth the money. If you have someone that likes dinosaurs, this is a must!! Great colorful pictures. I purchased for 6 year old grandson. I liked it so well, I have ordered another for 4 year old granddaughter that loves dinosaurs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peppercorn on July 25, 2009
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DK have gone through a whole array of information books in its series this next book in the series is a information knowledge factual learning tool reference on prehistoric earth and its inhabitants on earth the incredible dinosaurs! Ancient large and small powerful beasts that no longer exist in a wide variety of bright and dark colours but have still captured the fascinating creative skillful imagination of palaeontologists and readers to come in a lifetime of these amazing weird colourful creatures.All in all a must have basic information learning tool resource with the only let down being that it is too bloody and gory in some of its pictures of prehistoric wildlife.Still it is nonetheless a start for young readers to get interested into prehistoric wildlife and its abundance of educated learning knowledge in it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christine E. Miller on September 29, 2010
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My 4 year old daughter is obsessed with Dinosaurs and we purchased this book to learn more about them. It has been helpful in recognizing a lot of them and determining whether they are herbovoir's or meat eaters. As she gets older, this will be a fantastic reference for her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grammy on September 7, 2010
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I ordered this book for my 5 year old grandaughter. She loves it!!! we have to read from it every night before she goes to bed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith M. Strausser on October 28, 2008
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This book is well-written and very informative. It is going to be a Christmas gift for my granddaughter who is extremely interested in dinosaurs and their existance in our prehistoric world. The book gives facts and photos to explain each page at great length. I think my granddaughter will be pleased with the book and I look forward to seeing the excitement as she opens it for the first time.
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