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Dinosaurs: Eyewitness    by David Norman & Angela Milner order for
by David Norman
Order:  USA  Can
DK Publishing, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Michelle York

Children love all-things-dinosaur. They seem both a mandatory and fun part of childhood - like recess. That's why Dinosaurs, a book by David Norman and Angela Milner, should be sitting on the shelves at home. With the book, curious children can learn more about the creatures that, though long extinct, still manage to leave their footprints in our imaginations.

The book is part of DK Publishing's Eyewitness series, which thoroughly examines topics of interest as well as places. Each book is crammed with information and vivid pictures, yet it is broken down into digestible bites. This book, which is appropriate for middle-schoolers, fits in perfectly with the series.

The authors, both of whom hold Ph.D.'s, have filled the pages with facts about these gigantic and awe-inspiring creatures. Did you know, for example, that some scientists speculate that certain dinosaurs had bright-colored feathers? One, the Caudipteryx from China, could have had a bright orange or red tail to better attract a mate. And even though the Caudipteryx was only the size of a turkey (not a three-story building) it was still considered a dinosaur because of the shape of its teeth and bones.

The book makes for fascinating reading, even for adults, and shows why entertainers have been so taken with dinosaurs they have created everything from Barney to Jurassic Park. Dinosaurs are here to stay.

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