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Summary: See their bones, then see them in their natural habitat. The only text is the scientific name and an English translation for eight of the more popular dinosaurs, and lots of details and other dinosaurs in the back. This is a nearly wordless book that introduces dinosaurs and their environments to kids.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 0.8
Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: "Look at that T-Rex, Mom." In every spread, she immediately focused on the T-Rex in the illustration. She liked the book "okay," but not enough to look at the info at the back or find the names of the other dinosaurs.
Adult Reader Reaction: I have mixed feelings. I really liked the concept and the extra information and resources in the back. But there was a real disconnect between them, and I would like to have had more than just a colored dot identifying the other dinosaurs in the illustrations.
Pros: Young dinosaur fans who like looking at pictures will love this book.
Cons: If you're looking for a dinosaur story, this isn't your book. There are more detailed descriptions in the back, but young audiences that like the pictures up front, aren't likely to have patience while you try to read the info in the back.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Your young reader is likely to look at it a couple of times, but then want more information, either a story or something meatier.
Educational Themes: This is s unique look at dinosaurs. It would be fun to look at before you go to a Natural History museum. The author has some great info in the back, a recommended list of books, as well as some Internet links that include museum and and scientific organizations.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.