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First Dinosaur Encyclopedia Hardcover – December 18, 2006
From School Library Journal
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- Publisher : DK CHILDREN (December 18, 2006)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0756625394
- ISBN-13 : 978-0756625399
- Reading age : 6 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : IG870L
- Grade level : 1 - 7
- Item Weight : 1.77 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.75 x 0.6 x 11.18 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #518,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It begins by disucssing how different the Earth was when dinosaurs existed. Illustrations show the changes between the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. Not only are dinosaurs from each period featured, but details about plant life and fossilization are included.
Both the drawings and photographs remind me of the Discovery Channel shows like When Dinosaurs Roamed America . The actual information is extremely well-organized, making it very easy for any young student to write a report or essay using this book, on his or her own. Pages also, include "buttons" that have either a reference to another selection in the book, or some unusual fact is highlighted. In addition, the glossary contains words that would make a great vocabulary list.
I recommend this dinosaur encyclopedia to anyone interested in the subject; keep in mind this is intended as an introductory encyclopedia.
The upside is that kids will be attracted and encouraged to look through the book. There is enough visual information to add to the accompanying text. The text is clear and, IMO, can be grade 1-2 (age 6-8).
The problem with this book is the organization. It just does not flow well. It skips around a lot from topics in a seemingly arbitrary manner, and worst of all, it covers the same top (e.g. T-Rex) in various different parts of the book. My daughter didn't care, but books like these are sometimes meant to be enjoyed and read by parent and child and to be used as teaching aids; thus, this is not such a good teaching aid in that respect.
Nevertheless, my daughter enjoys it. She likes the pictures and some of the short descriptions about why dinosaurs do things and their particular behaviors.
It was also flooded with too many unneeded names that were even hard for me to trudge through. A "first" encyclopedia should maybe focus on a smaller group of dinosaurs and a little more about each one, representative of their grouping.
Other DK dinosaur books are better, but for kids as young as 6. I hope they remake this one. It has potential.
For ages - 5 to 12