Like most young children, I went through my own passionate discovery of that
lost world we now call the Mesozoic Era, with its colossal and mysterious
inhabitants. If this book had been available then, I would have been in
Jurassic Park Institute Dinosaur Field Guide has everything the budding
dinosaur enthusiast could ever desire and more. The body of the book is
devoted to one-page descriptions of every dinosaur from Abelisaurus to
Zuniceratops. Each description includes a drawing of the animal, its food
source, weight, friends and enemies, and location of discovery . But there's more. The book also covers the geology of the period, plant and
other animal life, and how to conduct a fossil dig. Reference pages list
museums, working field sites, discovery maps, books, and websites. For
anyone with a question about dinosaurs, this book would definitely be the
place to start!
What I liked most about Jurassic Park Institute Dinosaur Field Guide,
though, is that is very “kid friendly.” All the text is carefully
illustrated with marvelous drawings and photographs that make the science of
paleontology as well as the creatures themselves more real for young
readers. Equally praiseworthy is the fact that everything scaled to
children. Each encyclopedic entry, for example, has a drawing comparing the
size of the dinosaur, not to that of an adult, but to a typical child.
Little girls or boys can imagine what it would have been like for them to
walk amongst these giants. This attention to detail makes this book a
Obviously, Jurassic Park Institute Dinosaur Field Guide is intended for an
elementary audience, and I recommend that anyone teaching that age consider
purchasing a copy for his or her own classroom. But those who teach older
children and adolescents might want to consider owning a copy of this book
as well because you never know when some budding Robert Bakker or Stephen
Jay Gould is going to show up in one of your classes. You might want to
consider having a copy for no other reason than the joy of reminiscing about
that time in your own life when you, too, fell in love with the dramatic
giants that once ruled the Earth.
NSTA (National Science Teachers Association)
"...with highly respected paleontologists and paleoartists like this, how
can you go wrong? You can't and this book doesn't...A great read that
includes a dinosaur poster!"
"...definitely among the best children's books on the market."
"The JURASSIC PARK INSTITUTE DINOSAUR FIELD GUIDE is definitely not your
average book. This thing is cram-packed with pagefull's of information. The
publishers definitely put every inch of this book to use. The book is truly
unique. Page after page of dino-facts are sure to keep anyone busy, young or
old. There's another thing unusual about this book, it doesn't seem to be
afraid to point out scientific flubs in the Jurassic Park series. I would've
expected such topics to be casually ignored, but this book makes sure every
reader is 'set straight' on all the facts. This is definetely one of the
most fun, colorful, and knowledgable books on dinosaurs for young people.
This book gets 5 out of 5 claws. "
"…this book is easily one of the most accurate and up-to-date works for
children, although I would think that even most adults would enjoy this one
too. It’s not cliched like some of the older dinosaur books, and well worth
the $10.99 pricetag."