Dr. Wilda Reviews: Excavate! Dinosaurs: Paper Toy Paleontology

18 Nov

Moi received a complimentary copy of Excavate! Dinosaurs: Paper Toy Paleontology (Dinosaurs). Here are some details about the book from the publisher:

Excavate! Dinosaurs

Paper Toy Paleontology

Jonathan Tennant


Illustrated by Vladmir Nikolov and Charlie Simpson

Jonathan Tennant is a science educator and paleontologist working on his PhD in tetrapod biodiversity and extinction at Imperial College in London, England. He co-hosts a podcast series called Palaeocast, tweets as @protohedgehog, and blogs at egu.eu/palaeoblog.

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The ultimate gift for dinosaur-loving kids ages 7 and up! With fun text and colorful illustrations, paleontologist Jonathan Tennant explains the anatomy, habits, and diet of 12 dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic eras and then provides pop-out pieces of their skeletons for kids to assemble into stand-up paper models. However, the pieces are mixed up! Before the puzzles can be completed, kids must apply their new knowledge about the dinosaurs to figure out which pieces go together. Kids will love the challenge of sorting out which bones belong to which dinosaur — just like real paleontologists do!

$ 12.95 US


Although, primarily aimed at children, children from a precocious five to age six and above will have fun with Dinosaurs. NOTE: “CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.”

1. Marianne Richmond writes in What Makes a Good Children’s Book?1. Strong characters who evoke strong emotion Good children’s books, no matter how simple or complex, offer a sense of joy. They can make us laugh or cry by giving us a character we want to care about….

2. A Story that Teaches Good stories can teach simple concepts about numbers, letters or colors — OR they can teach about diversity, love, manners, and acceptance.

3. Mind-expanding illustrations, vocabulary or concepts                          http://thewritepractice.com/childrens-book/

The premise of the book is the child learns what it is like to be a paleontologist. The reader is guided to ask about what dinosaurs were, how we know they existed from the fossil record, and learn about the time periods dinosaurs lived. Tennant provides easily understandable answers and the illustrations clearly illustrate the text. The great thing about the book is children of all ages are given “3D paper models of 12 of the most amazing dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods.” Not only does the reader learn about dinosaurs, it is fun learning which involves a participatory activity.

The book is printed on quality paper with good understandable text and illustrations. Dinosaurs is just plain fun.

Dr. Wilda gives Excavate! Dinosaurs: Paper Toy Paleontology a thumbs up.


Dinosaur Facts for Kids                                                                                                               http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/dinosaurs.html

Dinosaur Games                                                                                                                             http://pbskids.org/games/dinosaur/

Other Reviews:

Review: Excavate! Dinosaurs Paper Toy Paleontology by Jon Tennant                                                              http://secondbookshelf.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-excavate-dinosaurs-paper-toy.html

Excavate! Dinosaurs: Paper Toy Paleontology by Jonathan Tennant, Vladamir Nikolov and Charlie Simpson                                                                                                                               http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=Excavate!_Dinosaurs:_Paper_Toy_Paleontology_by_Jonathan_Tennant,_Vladamir_Nikolov_and_Charlie_Simpson

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