- Age Range: 11 - 13 years
- Grade Level: 6 - 8
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195372662
- ISBN-13: 978-0195372663
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With this handsome field guide you can spend an afternoon happily 'proto-birding' as it were, without leaving your living room."--Natural History
"This volume is thought-provoking and attractive, and anyone (of any age) interested in dinosaurs will enjoy looking at it."--ScienceBlogs
"The author and artist are to be congratulated on this superb book about the discoveries of feathered dinosaurs and their relationship to the origin of birds."--Zhonghe Zhou, Senior Research Fellow and Acting Director, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
"An astonishing glimpse of the world of dinosaurs. Something you could never imagine."--Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers
"An unprecedented visual record of one of the most significant breakthroughs in the history of vertebrate paleontology--the discovery that a diversity of predatory dinosaurs were cloaked with feathers, perhaps just as colorful and fanciful as those of their living relatives."--Luis M. Chiappe, Director, The Dinosaur Institute, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles
About the Author
John Long is Head of Sciences for Museum Victoria, Australia. A renowned paleontologist, he has collected fossils in Antarctica, Africa, throughout Asia, and has worked extensively in North America, Europe, and in every part of Australia. He has written or co-authored some 24 books, and in 2001 won Australia's prestigious Eureka Prize for the Public Promotion of Science.
Peter Schouten is an award-winning artist and illustrator of natural history books. His books include A Gap in Nature and Astonishing Animals. He spent two years working on the 80 magnificent illustrations in this book.
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My assignment included questions about a dinosaur called a Troodon. I decided it would be helpful to see a picture of what scientists thought a Troodon looked like (the picture on my handout was of a skeleton), so I googled it. And that's when I stumbled across a reference to a book: Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin Of Birds, by John Long and Peter Schouten.
The reference was a picture from the book, featured on Stephen Bodio's blog. It was an artist's rendition of a feathered dinosaur tending to her newly hatched "chick." I liked it so much, I printed it out. It currently resides on one of my kitchen cupboards, where I can look at it every day. Each time I look at it, I can see the bird in the dinosaur and the dinosaur in the bird. As I sat looking at this picture on my computer screen, the idea that birds evolved from dinosaurs finally became more than an abstract concept to me. So I had to buy the book.
I keep it where I can thumb through it from time to time. It's like an AUDUBON collection, except the feathered creatures inside have teeth. My only objection to it is that sometimes the paintings are centered so that the binding splits them in two. This will probably be less of a problem once the binding gets a little looser with wear.
Feathered Dinosaurs contains some interesting information, but it's not a textbook - it's designed to inspire. If you love dinosaurs (or birds), check it out.
It may even help you get an "A" on an assignment . . .
While it is somewhat speculative, the artwork is inspiring. Imagine being chased by a brightly feathered velociraptor.
(Or maybe not, if you don't want to be someone's dinner.)
Some of my youngest grandchildren found the pictures a little scary. But this is the way dinosaurs (as are their avian descendants)
really were. Everyone else loved them.
One other review criticized the layout of the book, noting that the page seams run through some of the pictures. This is true, but only becomes really bothersome for two or so pictures out of several dozen. Overall, the creases do not distract from the pictures.
I also would have liked more information on each dinosaur, such as their estimated size and what they ate. However, that's not the purpose of this book. This book is about appreciating the beauty of animals we can only imagine.
This book is 70% paintings and 30% text though. While the text is informative, it only really scratches the surface of each Dinosaur with a long paragraph or two of info, so if you're looking for a more hardcore science-y book this might not be for you. I do wish as some of the other reviewers said, the publisher had not arranged the paintings along the crease.
If you're buying this for a child, I would say wait until they're about 6 or 7 if they're passionate about Dinosaurs, otherwise they may only enjoy the illustrations but find the text a bit dry.
Final Tip: just check the quality of the illustration in the cover jacket....