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Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) Paperback – October 5, 1988

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PreSchool-Grade 2The most notable change in this revision is the pictures: bright cray on-colored drawings have replaced the drab gray and green illustrations of the earlier edition. The hand-lettered cap tions and the dialogue in balloons have been slightly enlarged, making them easier to read. Textual changes are slight; Brontosaurus is now called Apa tosaurus, and some pages have been combined to streamline the book. Al though the 1981 edition already depict ed both men and women and people of diverse ethnic backgrounds, it's nice to be greeted by a smiling female paleon tologist on the cover of the new edition. There's not much new information here, but the packaging is certainly more timely and appealing.Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Li brary
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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.



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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (October 5, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064450783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064450782
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am six years old and in second grade. I needed a book for my report on Apatasaurus. This book was just perfect. I had to have 5 sources for my report, and this book was my favorite. I have a few other books on Dinosaurs from this author too. I like the way he writes. Thanks for your help with all the good information.
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I just thought this book was flat-out funny, for kids and adults. Although most of the humor is in the pictures, there's a little bit mixed in with the text as well.

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.
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I grew up with the 1981 edition and I was thrilled when my parents brought it out for my kids. The clear and precise text has a nice flow that is better-suited to reading aloud than most science books. The pictures are humorous and include plenty of women paleontologists, making the 1981 book more modern in that respect at least than many of my sons' newer dino books. But it is special because, among the oodles of kids' dinosaur books out there, this is the one that puts it all into context for me, from the thrill of first Dinosaur discoveries of the mid 1800s ("What finds these were! People crowded into museums to see them...") to how scientists really do have to make educated guesses about how all those bones fit together. I'm delighted to see this still in print.
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Another Christmas gift for my grandson. He will love it. He's only 9 but already planning on being a paleontologist when he grows up and know all the facts about Dinosaurs. This book showed how many people it takes and what jobs them do to dig up the bones and display them in the museums. Very Interesting!
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Hopefully Netflix or some other tv/movie streaming service will one day offer episodes of classic tv shows like the children's show I loved since the summer of 1983 when it first debuted, Reading Rainbow. Like millions of other children, this show opened my eyes to a world of reading. Read this book then go find the episode that goes with it. I am lucky enough to live in a city with a library that offers almost every episode on DVD. If I had kids, I would encourage them to read all my favorite RR books and watch the corresponding episodes through whatever medium our currently technology offers.
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This is an enjoyable and suitably simple introduction for 6-7 year old children to the topics of dinosaurs and fossils. My class are really enjoying the book and talking about the scenarios and facts!
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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. The illustrations are realistic, as I believe they should be in a non-fiction book on a scientific subject. My son has several of her books and they have inspired him to visit the zoo, the museum, and the aquarium, and have kept these places alive in his mind between visits.
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Our 7 year old daughter LOVES Dinosaurs and doesn't love reading too much. She loves this book and even took it to school with her for show and tell! Great price for a very cool item!
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