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My Visit to the Dinosaurs

Posted by Tracy Poff on September 1, 2011

What were the dinosaurs like? What did they eat? How do we know about them?

In My Visit to the Dinosaurs by Aliki, a Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science Book, children can learn about the different kinds of dinosaurs, with information both about the dinosaurs themselves, and how we come to know about them, through fossils.

This one is good, but I don’t like it as well as the other two books in this series that I’ve reviewed, Ducks Don’t Get Wet and What Makes Day and Night. The illustrations are nice, but the book is more like a collection of trivia than the other two. Still, it’s quite a good book for kids.

I’d recommend My Visit to the Dinosaurs especially for kids interested in dinosaurs, but anyone might find it interesting. It’s a solid children’s picture book, well worth reading.


2 Responses to “My Visit to the Dinosaurs”

  1. mike00000000001 said

    Correction . . . . you are reading what scientists (some scientists) THINK about dinosaurs. I would check up on their science (are these honest scientists?) first before I trusted any book about dinosaurs enough to have anyone else read it. EVERYONE should be doing this . .. checking reliability of sources . . no matter how popular. Do you know that popular news outlets have FAKED images of gohsts and that Discovery magazine CREATES PRETEND DRAWINGS. Please check your sources. Thank you for your time and may you find “truth”. We live with modern media where anything might be posted and millions will believe it. Check your sources. Good day.

    • Tracy Poff said

      Well, I think you’re going a little far for a comment on a children’s picture book, but it’s true that very likely not all of the information in that book is true, and that it does not all represent the present understanding.

      However, the book does succeed in demonstrating that there were a great variety of dinosaurs, with a great variety of habits, and that we learn about them by studying their remains, which is more important than the particulars about any given dinosaur. Most importantly, the book may awaken curiosity in children, which should be enthusiastically encouraged.

      So, while this book may not serve as a textbook on paleontology, that’s not really a problem–that’s not its purpose.

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