"My Visit to the Dinosaurs"

My Visit to the Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

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Book: My Visit to the Dinosaurs

Author and Illustrator: Aliki Brandenburg

Publisher: Celebration Press, republished in 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0673761286 (hardcover)

ISBN-10: 0673761282 (hardcover)

ISBN-13: 978-0064450201 (paperback)

ISBN-10: 0064450201 (paperback)

Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Brandenburg, AlikiMy Visit to the Dinosaurs (published in 1985 by HarperCollins).  Dinosaurs are extinct now, but this Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science Stage 2 book introduces young children to dinosaurs through a visit to a natural history museum where they can see dinosaur skeletons such as Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Diplodocus.  Preschoolers will learn about dinosaurs with over 1,000 teeth, dinosaurs who could swim, meat-eaters, plant-eaters, and, of course, the king of all dinosaurs, the gigantic Tyrannosaurus rex, giving them an excellent introduction to paleontology and to the giant reptiles of long ago.  The simple text explains how paleontologists discovered dinosaur bones and reconstructed the reptiles’ skeletons from their fossilized remains, and there are full-color illustrations of the creatures as they are thought once to have appeared.

     Both of our boys really enjoyed reading about prehistoric creatures when they were small.  This was one of two books by Aliki that we checked out of the library when our younger son Jeremy was learning to read as supplements to his science studies.  The other was Wild and Woolly Mammoths (first published in 1977; revised in 1983, 1996, 1998), which tells how the body of a woolly mammoth was discovered in Siberia in 1900 and, using new archaeological discoveries, explains when and where these ancient elephants lived and how they were hunted by man.  Unfortunately, the dinosaur book talks about how dinosaurs ruled the earth millions of years ago, and the mammoth book says that the creatures were preserved for 39,000 years under snow and ice.  Otherwise, they have a lot of interesting information.  Similar books by Aliki include Digging Up Dinosaurs (1981), Fossils Tell of Long Ago (1972), and Dinosaurs Are Different.   In some older books, the author is identified by her full name, but in newer books she is just “Aliki.”

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