- Age Range: 9 and up
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Reference (September 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0439165911
- ISBN-13: 978-0439165914
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Scholastic Dinosaur A To Z Hardcover – September 1, 2003
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Grade 4-8-An attractive and useful resource. Introductory essays cover topics such as how dinosaurs are named and grouped. The heart of the book is the alphabetical list of more than 700 entries, providing pronunciation, name derivation, classification, size, era, geographical location, and diet for each species. Brief paragraphs offer further descriptions, behaviors, and interesting facts. Only dinosaursare covered, with no flying reptiles or ichthyosaurs to confuse things. Discoveries, such as Nigersaurus from 1999, are included, and several more recent finds are grouped at the end. See references lead readers from common names to the correct entry, so researchers looking for Brontosaurus are neatly guided to Apatosaurus. Most of the dinosaurs are accompanied by small illustrations, either of the animal or its fossil, and numerous striking full-page paintings show these creatures in their habitats, often in active poses that grab the eye. This encyclopedia fills a gap between simpler volumes, such as Jim Pipe's Dinosaurs A to Z (Copper Beech, 2003) and Rupert Matthews's Dinosaurs A-Z (Blackbirch, 2002), and ones with broader scope like Paul Barrett's National Geographic Dinosaurs (National Geographic, 2001) and David Burnie's The Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia (Kingfisher, 2001). The concise entries, dictionary organization, and comprehensive coverage make this an excellent choice for circulating and reference shelves.
Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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Doing what so many of us wanted as children when we looked for dinosaur books, this one lists dinosaurs in alphabetical order and gives their pronunciation. Other information includes what each dinosaur's name means, its complete taxonomic classification, length, time period, place, diet, and other details. Icons beside each name tell the reader to which class of dinosaur it belongs. Running along the bottom of each two-page spread is a chart identifying these icons. Many dinosaur names are no longer used, and the author explains why the names are not valid.
Almost half of the pages are color illustrations of the dinosaurs mentioned on the facing page's text. Smaller illustrations are liberally placed throughout, including pictures of bones and teeth as they are found at digging sites. Information boxes profile paleontologists or give interesting sidelights about dinosaurs and dinosaur research.
The text is thorough and interesting and not too difficult for elementary-school readers, who will be excited to have this book. The facts and explanations are very interesting and address most of the questions kids have about dinosaurs, how they lived, how they are discovered, and how scientists figure out what they are. The bibliography lists books, videos, reputable Web sites, museums, and expeditions. The author even tells readers how to participate in a dig. This is an excellent purchase for every school and public library, and many children will want their own copies. RBB
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Most of the books we've read don't have pronunciation guides or they have outdated info (some still call Apatosaurus by the old name, Brontosaurus), or just tidbits. The Scholastic A to Z book has pronunciations, including alternate pronunciations, meaning of the name, what/who the dino is named after, where it was found, classifications, length, time period, diet, and a variety of other details. The only thing missing is the weight of the dinos, which is an odd thing to leave out. Perhaps we'll gradually jot this info in the book as we read it in other books.
It also includes names that people commonly call certain dinosaurs and clarifies whether the name is truly a scientific name, and often tells you the origin of that misnomer while referring you to the correct name. There are numerous full-color illustrations and sidebars with interesting notes about topics like dinos in the movies, famous paleontologists, etc.
It has a great primer at the beginning of the book that is still interesting reading even if you're familiar with the overall history and classifications of dinosaurs. In general it's not the kind of book you'd typically read from beginning to end, but it's great to refer to when you're reading another book and the info is incomplete.
It's not a perfect guide, but is as close as we've come. I would highly recommend this if you have a dinosaur fanatic in your home! And it's a steal at the used book prices, since the original list price was $23. Go for it!
I would, however, recommend this book to a parent if their child is fairly new with their interest in dinosaurs. With that said, my daughter still liked it for the pictures and other info that it offered and, "Hey!", like she said, "It STILL had dinosaurs in it, mom!"
This book is well-written and would make a nice addition to a younger dino-lover's collection of dinosaur books.