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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books) Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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About the Author
Catherine D. Hughes is the author of several books in the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series, including Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs, Little Kids First Big Book of Space, and Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean. She also has a degree in early childhood development.
Franco Tempesta is an illustrator who specializes in the depiction of dinosaurs and other primitive mammals. A member of the Italian Illustrators Association, he has worked with National Geographic Children’s Books, Random House, and the Smithsonian Institution. His work can be seen in titles such as Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs. Tempesta lives in Verona, Italy. To learn more, visit francotempesta.eu.
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This book was clearly designed for younger kids, because it has large print, pronunciation guides for all the dinosaur names, and imagination style questions associated with each dinosaur, like "if you could have a pet dinosaur, what would you name it?" for the micropachycephalosaurus. But children pick up the names very quickly, and soon you will find that they can remember the names of all the dinosaurs in the book just by looking at the picture.
My favorite part of the book was the list of activities at the very end to continue your experience once you have finished looking over the book. The book has several suggestions that could be applied to varying ages and skill levels, from playing predator-prey, a hide and seek style game where you pretend to be dinosaurs, to the alphabet game, where you list each letter of the alphabet and try to find a dinosaur name to go with each one.
If you are looking for a dinosaur book for older kids, there is also the "National Geographic Kids First Book of Big Dinosaurs", not to be confused with this book for "Little" kids. In that book, they use a similar format, but have many more dinos and a lot more general information about dinosaur habits, but no activities page.
My main problem with this book is that it was not bound properly!!! The pages fall out all the time! I'm really disappointed. He isn't always easy on his books, but it's a little ridiculous how you can just turn a page and it will fall out. I really wish I had noticed the quality issues before gifting it too him. I'm a little embarrassed and disappointed by the quality.
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great pictures too.