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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
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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Update: the day after receiving we took it to preschool for reading time with little kids that this book is supposed to be made for. Now several of the pages have came out of the binding and I've had to glue and tape them back in. I would think it would be better made for this age group. Just be forewarned. I did take off a star because of this.
Update: a few months later the pages had to be glued back on other occasions with normal use. It is a good book and maybe it's just a problem with our book but it is not holding up well. We've never had any other books, especially new ones, start coming apart like this.
First off, the scale diagrams comparing the dinos to human silhouettes are off by nearly a factor of 2x-5x. There is a picture of an ankylosaurus that shows it the same size as a T rex, towering above a human, but in reality they were the size of a rhino. Also the Brachiosaurus and Apatosaurus were maybe 50ft tall, which is impressively tall, but come on the picture shows them at nearly 100ft which is Jurassic Park level exaggeration. And dont get me started on the Brontosaurus/Apatosaurus debate, that is far from resolved with good evidence of both sides of the aisle.
Maybe I'm just being pedantic, but my little guy is in a Dinosaur phase currently and I wanted a book that was educational as well as entertaining. This book is all fluff. You dont have to exaggerate Dinos to make them cool. Boo Nat Geo.
As a parent reading the book, I also love how they put the phonetic translation of the names. It only takes a few times sounding it out to learn how to say some of the names.
Ive honestly hidden the book for a few weeks because I was tired of reading him 100 dinosaurs out loud, but thats a testament to how nice this book is for a kid who is really interested in learning lots about dinosaurs.
Only suggestion should they ever do another addition is to add Velociraptor in as lots of kids love the standard Velocirapotor or even Utahraptor.
However- the binding just fell apart about a month after we bought it. It looks like the glue just did not stick to the pages so we have pages falling out all over. It is NOT because of misuse. In fact, my son cherishes this book and asks me to "put it up high" after each reading. HE doesn't share it with his siblings without me there to hold the book. Unfortunately I missed the window for returning by 2 days.... Too bad. We may just let him pick a different Dino book to replace it.
This book has a lot of room to help grow with my child. Right now he loves the pictures and the names, and especially learning what each dinosaur eats. I expect that soon he'll be into the unique attributes of each different dinosaur. Great gift!
They loved this book. It's a good sized book.
The pages are thick and glossy. The print is very colorful.
The illustrations are great.
And the content is informative yet very kid friendly.
The problem is the pages are falling out. I can't tell if it's because the binding is poor or if the pages that fell out were actually bound?
There isn't any damage to the book or pages.... They just aren't attached to the book.
It's too bad, given the price and how much my girls love the book.
I wouldn't recommend just because of the pages falling out.
Top international reviews
This book comes off the book shelf every day. They love sitting together and looking at the pictures. I've read it with them so many times that they know loads of the dinos names now, and makes me so proud to hear them saying the hard dino names.
Lucky on each page there is a break down of how to pronounce each name, making it easy for you to practice it before telling your kids the name. eg. Ree-oh-hah-sore-us for Riojasaurus.
It's got lots of little facts for each dino, and a little to scale diagram showing the size difference between each particular dino compared to a 10 year old boy (they assume the little figure is Andy from Andy's Dinosaur Adventures so that's cute).
This book has delighted my toddlers and I can see it's going to keep them reading for years.
This his the spot. Each page contains a large picture of a specific dinosaur with an accompanying page of text about that dinosaur.
about those that weren't included in the Jurassic series.Bought for our
6 year old grand daughter an she loves it.Easy to read and very educational.