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The World of Dinosaurs: A North American Selection
     

The World of Dinosaurs: A North American Selection

by James Gurney, Thomas Holtz
 
An introduction to dinosaurs found in North America, this fact-filled book includes an illustrated section on the making of award-winning artist James Gurney's dinosaur stamps, plus the stamps themselves. The fascinating text by a Smithsonian paleontologist takes readers through the fascinating world of dinosaurs. Color gatefold.

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An introduction to dinosaurs found in North America, this fact-filled book includes an illustrated section on the making of award-winning artist James Gurney's dinosaur stamps, plus the stamps themselves. The fascinating text by a Smithsonian paleontologist takes readers through the fascinating world of dinosaurs. Color gatefold.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Philatelists and artists as well as dinosaur devotees will relish Dinotopia author/artist James Gurney's description of how he created the U.S. Postal Service's 15-stamp series entitled The World of Dinosaurs. For each of the ten North American dinosaurs he selected, paleontologists M. K. Breu-Surman and T. R. Holtz Jr. elaborate upon physical characteristics, closest relatives, and the fossils upon which Gurney based his art. A map of the U.S. keyed to fossil sites, dinosaur postage stamps from other countries, and Mr. Gurney's sketches throughout make this handsome 12 by 11inch volume a most satisfying read.
Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
James Gurney is an award-winning artist who was commissioned by the U. S. Postal Service to paint two dinosaur scenes that would be released as a postage stamp series. The paintings were to focus on dinosaurs that lived in Montana and Colorado in the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras. These paintings are recreated here for the reader in a double gatefold, and portions of the paintings are included throughout the text. Readers will learn of the steps involved in creating the stamps and changes that were made in the process of developing them. Readers will also learn about how postage stamp ideas originate, and how decisions are made about which stamps to issue. Each dinosaur that is included in the stamp series is discussed in the text. This is an excellent volume for those readers interested in regional history, as well as those readers involved in stamp collecting.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-A book on stamp collecting and dinosaurs? The idea's not so far-fetched when the stamps were specially designed for the United States Postal Service by James Gurney of Dinotopia fame. This book presents the story of the development of the popular 15 stamps as well as the life histories of the creatures they feature. First, Gurney describes how he created the stamps, complete with samples of his initial sketches. Next, two-page spreads introduce each of the reptiles, presenting new facts and multiple illustrations, including insets of the stamps, different paintings of the animals, and full-color photos of fossils. There is a section on similar stamps from other countries, a basic introduction to dinosaurs, and a U.S. map showing where various fossils have been discovered. Occasionally the book seems limited by sticking to the confines of what's on Gurney's stamps, but otherwise this eclectic and enthusiastic mix of subjects works.-Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780867130461
Publisher:
Greenwich Workshop Press
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
12.33(w) x 10.87(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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