Dinosaur Parade: A Spectacle of Prehistoric Proportions

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Gigantic dinosaurs, tiny dinos, dinosaurs of every size: they’re gathered here for a big parade and kids are invited to join in the fun! These endlessly fascinating prehistoric creatures may have vanished from the Earth more than 60 million years ago, but this large-format picture book shows what it might be like to stand next to a real, live dinosaur. Colorful illustrations capture a happy procession of children marching alongside an array of dinosaurs; with just one look, young readers can put the relative ...
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Overview

Gigantic dinosaurs, tiny dinos, dinosaurs of every size: they’re gathered here for a big parade and kids are invited to join in the fun! These endlessly fascinating prehistoric creatures may have vanished from the Earth more than 60 million years ago, but this large-format picture book shows what it might be like to stand next to a real, live dinosaur. Colorful illustrations capture a happy procession of children marching alongside an array of dinosaurs; with just one look, young readers can put the relative sizes of human and beast in perspective—instantly making dinosaurs accessible.
Dinosaur Parade answers all those endless questions, too: a simple rhyming text introduces nine well-known dinosaur groups, from Sauropods to Therizinosaurs. Children eager to learn more can delve into fascinating facts about over 60 dinosaurs at the bottom of the each page including their names, when they lived, and where they were found. The information is fabulous—but the contagiously joyful, festive feeling every picture conveys is even better!
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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3

A new approach to an old (but always popular) subject. Each spread is dedicated to a grouping of dinosaurs, for example, the theropods or ornithopods. Colorful, cartoon drawings of dinosaurs from these groups march across the pages along with children of varying race and ethnicity either beside them or on their backs, with the intent of showing the size of the reptiles in relation to the youngsters. Rhyming text follows along with this fictionalized portrayal of dinosaurs parading. A substantial border runs along the bottom of the page naming each dinosaur pictured and revealing facts about it, including where it was discovered and when it got its name. The last page gives characteristics of each group of dinosaurs plus information about how paleontologists name them. Although some interesting facts can be obtained from the borders and back page, the rhyming text is weak.-Christine Lindsey, Lake Superior Primary School, Ashland, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Several dozen smiling, brightly patterned dinos clomp across the spreads, with their names, sizes, naming dates and other data marching below on a running footer. Halls groups them by type-Sauropods, Ornithopods, etc.-to make physical comparisons easy, and Spears adds plenty of human fellow marchers to the line of behemoths for (loose) scale. So striking are the graphics and the design that the rhyming couplets that form the primary narration almost fade entirely into the background (not such a bad thing, as they are far from distinguished: "Tough and strong in peace and war, / 'Stay away,' they seemed to roar"). With a group of "Mini homo sapiens," a Dracorex hogwartsia and a "Paleontologist" ("Size varies. Term first used in 1830") bringing up the rear, it's a parade that won't run out of spectators any time soon. Eye candy for younger fans. (Informational picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600592676
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 723,319
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

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    An elementary school librarian inspired this book when she asked me to write a dinosaur book for very early readers -- hopefully a book that would address the challenge of size and scale. A make-believe parade where the kids could march along side the prehistoric favorites was the solution I came up with. Illustrator Rick Spears -- who is also an exhibit and education specialist at the Fernbank Science Center near Atlanta -- brilliantly brought that idea to life with accuracy AND fun (not to mention a bold, vivid color pallet). A 'ticker' at the bottom of each page offers core facts about each dinosaur depicted, making DINOSAUR PARADE a book that will grow with its emerging readers. We hope you really enjoy the book. It was a pleasure to create.

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