Dinomania: Things to Do With Dinosaurs

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Provides information on a variety of dinosaurs, and features dinosaur activities, including making a dinosaur park, creating dinosaur costumes, and modeling a dinosaur egg.

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Grades 1-4--Here's a book with a kid-friendly text, expressive and colorful illustrations, and creative activities and crafts. Endpapers sport traceable patterns of dinosaur shapes to use in some of the activities. Throughout the book, trivia facts entertain and enlighten. By way of an introduction, there is a brief discussion of fossils, the evolution of the first animals, and the identification and illustration of 16 different dinosaurs and sea reptiles (with name, period in which they lived, length, what they ate). The creatures of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods are highlighted and children learn about herbivores, plants, the definition of paleontology, and mammal hunters (Troodon). The crafts call for easily obtainable materials and there is a wide array of things to do, such as constructing a time line, a dinosaur-park diorama, a moonlit forest, a nesting colony, a mobile, papier-mƒch‚ dinosaur eggs, a volcano, and a sock puppet. There are even directions for raptor, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops costumes for dress-up fun. Instructions are given for putting on a play, learning about sound effects, doing a "dinosaur dance," and producing a video. And for those quiet days-there's a writing exercise that encourages imaginative thinking. Back matter consists of a dinosaur index with pronunciation key. A good supplemental choice to use with Kathy Ross's Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild about Dinosaurs (Millbrook, 1997), Judy Press's Kids' Natural History Book (Williamson, 2000), and Ting and Neil Morris's Dinosaurs (Watts, 1993).
Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-5, younger with adult help. Lighthearted illustrations invite youngsters to try some simple and inviting dinosaur-themed projects. Creating dioramas of dinosaur habitats, stringing together a mobile of ancient flying animals, and fashioning costumes for dressing up like a favorite dinosaur are among the ideas that usually require nothing more obscure than cardboard boxes and a glue stick. Pipe cleaners and plaster of paris are the most exotic articles needed if fossils are to be created. Concluding pages offer ways to combine some of the crafts with audio effects to present a play or to produce a video program. With projects adaptable for classroom dinosaur units as well as for at-home rainy days, this picture-book-size craft book, with pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, presents fun activities for hands-on learning. Ellen Mandel
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