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Professor Curious and the Mystery of the Hiking Dinosaurs Hardcover – June, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Childrens Books; 1st edition (June 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517580330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517580332
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,517,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 1-- Professor Curious asks readers to help him solve the mystery of the hiking dinosaurs. He has spotted their footprints high in the Alps, and wonders how they got there. He offers several clues, an important one of which is the theory of tectonics and continental drift. The promise of this intriguing beginning is spoiled by Timmons's conspicuously cute interpretations of the text, making it an unsatisfactory book for young dinosaur lovers and scientists. For example, where the author states, "Dinosaurs loved to play in the water," the accompanying drawings show them at the seashore--with bikini, inner tube, and summer reading ( Rex in Love ). One of the first pictures misses the mark entirely: Professor Curious is depicted with a magnifying glass when the text refers quite clearly to binoculars. Gil presents intriguing and current information that will be of interest to students studying continental drift, but the silly, anthropomorphic dinosaurs are more turn-off than enticement to learning. --Anna Biagioni Hart, Martha Washington Library, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Martin on August 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
First, this book is probably best suited for 7-11 year-olds. I read it to my 4 and 6 year olds, and they were quickly bored. There is a lot of information and detail that will leave little ones distracted.
However, the book should prove very interesting to older children because of its excellent illustrations and interesting story.
Follow Professor Curious as he tries to figure out how dinosaur footprints could be found at the top of the Alps. Especially since dinosaurs were, "big, fat, and somewhat lazy." and, "They hated hiking." The author uses humor, scientific theory, good examples and illustrations to answer the questions how dinosaur footprints arrived at the top of the Alps.
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By Susan K. on November 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a great way to introduce the idea that we can understand changes in the Earth by studying fossils and rock layers. I use it with 3rd or 4th graders.
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