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Digging Up Dinosaurs (original 1981; edition 1988)

by Aliki

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Title:Digging Up Dinosaurs
Authors:Aliki
Info:Collins (1988), Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Children's Nonfiction, Picture Book

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Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki (1981)

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DIGGING UP DINOSAURS is a short book about dinosaurs that is at the mid-elementary reading level. It's a book with fun but not spectacular artwork. There is humor in the images.

The book talks about how people discovered the existence of dinosaurs. How people found 'strange bones' that they couldn't classify, and how this lead to discovery the ancient world of dinosaurs.

Continental drift and rock stratification is touched up. And Aliki talks about how dinos first appeared in the late Triassic period and how they grew larger and the centuries passed. Triassic Cretaceous, and Jurassic periods are introduced.

WHAT I LIKED about the book is the presentation that seems to allow children to learn as much as they are ready for, or interested in. They can just skim and pick up on general ideas, or they can look and study the charts and learn more details, like which era comes first.

Finally, I love that the book ends with the mysterious WHY of dinosaur extinction. I would hope that this would leave young dino enthusiasts with the idea that there is scientific work left to be done in the field, and that they could be a scientist-discoverer when they grow up. ( )
  PamFamilyLibrary | Jul 30, 2014 |
I would use this book to introduce a unit on dinosaurs. The students would enjoy the pictures. ( )
  Mcs018 | Nov 30, 2013 |
Aliki uses her minutely detailed illustrations and her clean writing style to create an informational book about dinosaur fossils. This book is set apart from many other dinosaur books for children in that it focuses on the process of finding dinosaur bones and fossils, restoring them, and the scientific information that is gleaned from these archaeological discoveries. The book begins with a visually appealing tour through a museum, where our young narrator introduces us to several types of dinosaurs, such as the apatosaurus and tyrannosaurus rex. She then explains that she used to not know how such awesome skeletons made their way to the museum, but that she now knows; the remainder of the book shows us what she knows. A brief synopsis of what dinosaurs are, some history about who first discovered the remains of dinosaurs, a description of the team of people that work to unearth the fossils, and finally the complete process of finding the bones, digging them up and transporting them, cleaning them, studying them, and assembling them in a display for museums. A lot of information is compressed into few pages, but Aliki is clever in how she dispenses it: sometimes in small sidebars, sometimes in dialogue bubbles spoken by characters in the book, and sometimes through the text. She also uses vocabulary appropriate for an elementary school reader.

This book is an excellent nonfiction children's book. It can be difficult to impart detailed information without boring young readers, but Aliki uses her engaging pictures and a slow dispersal of details to hold their attention. The sidebars and dialogue can be ignored and just the text used for readers getting antsy, and for the curious child eager to learn more, they have plenty of facts to find by digging into every little detail. I also appreciated the fact that Aliki focused on a range of people; not just the scientists and archaeologists, but also the hard labor workers, the photographers, and the draftsmen. Her people are male and female, and multiple ethnicities. The pictures are not only chock full of details that support the text, they also provide humor. I like this book, and it is a great addition to a rounded library for children, that entertains and educates. ( )
  nmhale | Nov 26, 2012 |
This book describes many things about dinosaurs. It identifies the different dinosaurs, their names, and characteristics. The book also informs the reader about fossils, the people who hunt for them, and where they are found. Lastly it describes how the fossil hunters put the fossils together and put them in the museum.
  djd016 | Mar 26, 2011 |
This is a book about the history of dinosaurs. The book is a girl telling the process of how the dinosaurs are put up into a museum. It would be a great book for children to read to learn about about fossils. ( )
  LacyPalmer | Feb 24, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064450783, Paperback)

How did those enormous dinosaur skeletons get inside the museum?

Long ago, dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Then, suddenly, they died out. For thousands of years, no one knew these giant creatures had ever existed. Then people began finding fossils -- bones and teeth and footprints that had turned to stone. Today, teams of experts work together to dig dinosaur fossils out of the ground, bone by fragile bone. Then they put the skeletons together again inside museums, to look just like the dinosaurs of millions of years ago.

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Briefly introduces various types of dinosaurs whose skeletons and reconstructions are seen in museums and explains how scientists uncover, preserve, and study fossilized dinosaur bones.

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