ABC Dinosaursby Scott Hartman
From Apatosaurus to Zupaysaurus, the 26 dinosaur friends in this oversized board book will enchant preschoolers and help them learn their ABCs. Developed in conjunction with paleontologists at the American Museum of Natural History, it features extra-large letters; bright, detailed illustrations of the dinos (many on display in the museum); information about each creature; and an embossed tactile cover that feels like bumpy dinosaur skin!
A is not for apple but Apatosaurus in this roaring prehistoric romp.
Twenty-six creative combos depict dinosaurs with their corresponding letter in this alphabet offering. Deinonychus' clawed feet hop through the D, while the Coelophysis sticks his tail straight through his letter C. Several reptiles share generous digital double-page spreads; their individual colored backgrounds connect like jagged puzzle pieces. Those anxious to try their hand at pronunciation (Xuanhuaceratops, anyone?) will find brief concluding notes with the species' generalized behavior and a phonetic key included. "Lean and mean, Zupaysaurus was a carnivore. It only ate meat." Indicating the dinos' diets (and not just veggies here) and behavior adds both nuggets of scientific knowledge and a reality check. The formidable dinosaurs lunge and bite at their prey; their predatory actions extend to their individual letters as they knock, smash and chomp. Still, it's a balanced account with the occasional nurturing side exposed, as the Khaan stoops down to feed its young.
A lot for budding paleontologists to savor. (Board book. 3-4)
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