"This four-volume reference series from World Book is designed with elementary and middle school students in mind. Dinosaurs are a popular topic among children in this age group and the set is designed to attract their attention with full-color illustrations, maps, and sidebars full of fascinating facts. The four volumes are arranged by topic: Armored Dinosaurs! The Ornithischians; Birdlike Dinosaurs! Small Theropods and Prehistoric Birds; Fierce Dinosaurs! The Large Theropods; and Giant Dinosaurs! The Sauropods. The volumes are largely arranged chronologically by time period with some intermingling chapters provided. For example, Fierce Dinosaurs! begins with chapters on the Triassic and Jurassic periods but has intermingling chapters on fossils and how our understanding of dinosaurs has changed over time. For each dinosaur species included there is a full-color illustration; description of their physical design, feeding habits, and habitat; and its role in the food chain. Fun facts are dispersed throughout that explain myths and misunderstandings about certain species, meaning behind names, and interesting facts about a certain species discovery. The publisher has used QR codes and Web links throughout so that users can find out more information using their mobile device or computer. Each volume concludes with information on museums in the United States and abroad as well as additional resources and a volume-specific index.These volumes are sure to be a hit in elementary and middle school libraries. They have many features that will teach young students valuable research skills; especially valuable are the merging of print and online resources to consult for further research. This set is highly recommended."
American Reference Books Annual
"This set presents a focused look at specific groups of dinosaurs. The first few pages of each volume provide an introduction with some background on the various time periods of dinosaurs. Each volume then introduces the reader to specific dinosaurs which range from the well-known, like the Stegosaurus and the T-Rex, to the lesser-known like the Sinosauropteryx and the Velociraptor. For each entry, there is an illustration, a brief description, and a pronunciation of the dinosaur’s name. Scattered throughout are up-close descriptions of some dinosaurs which provide more information including details about specific dinosaurs. Some of the entries also include a QR code which leads to additional information. Each volume contains several “dino-bites” which present answers to common questions. The language is easy to understand and the illustrations are clear. A directory of museums with dinosaur collections is included. As popular as dinosaurs are, this set would be a welcome addition." Bibliography. Table of Contents. Index.
Jo Anna Patton, Media Specialist, Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary School, Fort Worth, Texas. Recommended Library Media Connection