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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!