Kingfisher First Dinosaur Picture Atlas

Kingfisher First Dinosaur Picture Atlas

by David Burnie, Anthony Lewis
     
 

Follow the Tyrannosaurus rex on an exciting journey around the globe. Eight maps and twelve stunning feature spreads invite readers to explore the prehistoric world. Each map is illustrated with colorful pictorial icons showing the different dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures that lived on each continent. Feature spreads provide additional information about

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Follow the Tyrannosaurus rex on an exciting journey around the globe. Eight maps and twelve stunning feature spreads invite readers to explore the prehistoric world. Each map is illustrated with colorful pictorial icons showing the different dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures that lived on each continent. Feature spreads provide additional information about specific dinosaur species and their unique environments. A simple numbered and lettered grid makes this atlas a perfect introduction to basic map-reading skills, as well as a memorable dinosaur reference.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
From Britain comes this big, bright atlas of dinosaur habitats throughout the world. A cheerful little Tyrannosaurus acts as guide through pages of maps, action scenes, and sidebars, all of which are illustrated with Lewis's detailed watercolors in yellows, greens, browns, and blues. After a quick introduction to time periods (Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous), readers tour the continents. They beginning with North America and meet dinosaurs who lived in Canada, Alaska, and the U. S. Maiasaurus and Triceratops have pages to themselves, followed by pictures and sidebars on several others. South America's map shows a concentration of saurians in the southern half; action pages hone in on Herrerasaurus and Carnotaurus. Gigantic Megalosaurus and Iguanadon were at home in western Europe; Africa had giants like Brachiosaurus and Spinosaurus, with a six-foot-high sail. The huge continent of Asia appears swarming with plant eaters and hunters, especially in the deserts of Central Asia. (Lewis illustrates a deadly combat between Protoceratops and Velociraptor there.) Pages on eastern China's feathered dinosaurs are fascinating, too. Last stop is Australia, home to fewer creatures, but very unusual ones, like huge Austrosaurus and Rhoetosaurus. This atlas is not for dino fans who revel in murky scenes of slashing and ripping, but its geographical information, lively sidebars, oversized foldout poster map, and bright orange Tyrannosaurus bookmark should catch the attention of thoughtful middle readers. It's a terrific bargain, besides. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Kirkus Reviews
Using a graphically familiar format and maps from other picture atlases, Kingfisher has produced a colorful introduction to dinosaurs around the world. A prefatory spread shows all the continents, then subsequent maps of Canada and Alaska, the continental United States, Central and South America, a slice of Western Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia/New Zealand include state and country labels and boundaries. All maps are overlaid with images of dinosaurs found in each area. Although different in size, images are not to scale and coloration is not explained. On double-page spreads following each map, some specific species are shown interacting with each other and their environments; boxes add examples of dinosaur behavior. Occasional photographs of actual fossils supplement Lewis's ink-and-watercolor illustrations. The large font, Tyrannosaurus rex bookmark and detachable foldout world map (including swimming reptiles not described in the book) add to the appeal for young enthusiasts. The presentation of hypotheses as facts and somewhat random nature of the information make this most suitable for a very young audience. (glossary, index) (Informational picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753460931
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
06/10/2008
Series:
Kingfisher First Reference Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.64(w) x 12.08(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David Burnie studied zoology and botany and has worked as a nature reserve ranger and biologist. He has written or contributed to many award-winning books and multimedia titles. His Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia was nominated for the U.K.'s Aventis Prize.

Anthony Lewis has illustrated more than 250 children's books worldwide. His bright, imaginative style and attention to detail produce fun, accurate illustrations that children love. He won a Smarties Book Prize Gold Award for The Owl Tree.

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