Saturday, December 18, 2010

Of Dinosaurs and such

There is one section of the library that Hannah somehow found the first or second time we went.  It was the dinosaur section.  When she goes to the library and wants to check out a book, that's the first place she heads.  She loves it!  We checks out four or five at a time, but she returns to this one series time and time again. The series is written by Dougal Dixon.  Unfortunately, there is no overarching name to the series, but it is the name of specific dinosaurs.  Here are a few of them...
Saurophaganax and Other Meat-eating Dinosaurs (Dinosaur Find)
Iguanodon and Other Leaf-Eating Dinosaurs (Dinosaur Find)
The thing that I like about them is that they are easy to read.  There is a two page spread for each dinosaur that has text on one side and a drawing of the dinosaur in its original habitat on the other.  Each one has phonetic pronunciation of the name of the dinosaur.  Another feature through out each one is a picture for carnivore or herbivore that is easy to remember and identify.  There is also a common size measure in each of the books.  One feature of the dinosaur, either physical or behavioral is compared to a modern day creature.  I like that there is not just learning about dinosaurs but current wildlife as well. 
We have probably read more of these books than I realize.  I think Hannah likes them because they are about dinosaurs, but also because they are short enough that I will read them to her with out complaining.  Because as much as I like dinosaurs, I don't really want to sit down and read an encyclopedia all in one sitting.  Instead, I get to do it in small bits with the help of Dougal Dixon

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