Sunday 26 July 2009

Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!

I love this book, so I thought I'd do a little review about it.

As most of the readers of this blog know, Alexandria LOVES, LOVES, and did I mention, LOVES dinosaurs. She took a dinosaur for most "letter" days in her JK class this year. E was Edmontosaurus. A was Allosaurus. For P? She took two. Parasaurolophus (her favourite) and, I love this one - Pteradon. And the day they had to take a word with the "at" sound? She took and Apatosaurus! I love it. Anyway, back to the book review.

The title, "Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!" intrigued me at first glance. Once inside, the book by Kathleen V Kudlinski does not disappoint. It's filled with things that were once considered "facts" about dinosaurs - things such as the bones found must have been dragon skeletons, or that the Iguanodon had a horn on its nose, much like a rhinoceros. It is well written, well illustrated and does not presume to think that we are correct, even now, about dinosaurs. It encourages the reader to think about things we think of as "facts" now. I love that it wonders what kinds of things - the things we think we know now - might come to seem just as silly as some of the past ideas do. The book also speculates that the reader may someday be that person that proves some of today's theories wrong. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a mini paleontologist on their hands.


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