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Do you or your children have a love for dinosaurs? If so, you’ll want to take a good book at today’s review book. Mango Publishing has brought us a wonderful field guide for dinosaurs in Dino Dana: Dino Field Guide. You’ll discover a well-designed hardcover book filled with facts about dinosaurs.
Dino Field Guide, the details
Raincoast Books, in conjunction with Mango Publishing, sent me a review copy of Dino Dana: Dino Field Guide. 230 pages of dinosaur information to delight students in grades 2-7. I received a hardcover field guide that has been written by J.J. Johnson, Colleen Russo Johnson and Christin Simms. This is the first Dino Dana series and covers more than 30 dinosaurs.
Readers are introduced to this field guide with a very personal tone as they are introduced to the layout. Each dinosaur is covered over three two-page-spread. The first page is an artistic rendering of the dinosaur, followed by a page of facts, and then by an experiment.
This second section explains what type of dinosaur it is and a variety of other facts. These facts could include the reason it was named, size, location, type of food-eater, etc.
Each experiment asks a question such as “who left the dino poop outside Grandma’s barn”, or “how does the Compsognathus run so fast?”, and “How do you stop a Gigantoraptor from stealing celery?”
The answers will delight, educate and entertain readers aged 8-12. Along the way they’ll learn about dinosaurs using their tails to scare off predators, or how working together catches more prey.
Should You Get It?
J.J. Johnson, Colleen Russo Johnson and Christin Simms have done a good job with Dino Dana: Dino Field Guide. I loved the somewhat unconventional approach to the dino experiments. They gave a good glimpse of some of the questions scientists must ask when they are considering the lives of animals that have gone on before. We can’t go back in time to ask the questions, so suppositions must be made. It’s good to learn how to test those out, I thought some were a bit unique.
I think it’s well-worth looking into. A great step into looking at dinosaurs and realizing it’s not all set in stone. There are too many things we don’t know, and then as we learn more, what we know changes. It’s great for young learners to realize this. Along with the books below, this would be a great addition to your library, and a great addition to a study on dinosaurs.
Other Dinosaur Books
I have reviewed a number of Dinosaur books over the years. The link is my review. Quick Link to amazon for your convenience.
- Dinosaur Museum.
- Dinosaur Atlas.
- The Magnificent Book of Dinosaurs.
- Northwest Treasures.
- Who Owns These bones?
- Dinosaur Devotions.
SchoolhouseTeachers.com has a number of dinosaur related courses. This is one such course.