by Ruth Owen
ages 4 to 7
They may have been the biggest animals to ever walk the Earth, but every dinosaur began life as a tiny baby that hatched from an egg! Each title in this new series digs deep into one fascinating area of the Dinosphere. The expertly crafted text with strong visual cues to support new vocabulary will engage early readers as they build their reading confidence. This 24-page book features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple, clear sentences. A fresh design and fantastic artwork closely align with the descriptive text that will captivate young readers.
The first two-page spread sets the atmosphere—cute, little dinosaur babies just breaking out of their eggs. The high quality of the worked photos throughout the book create an extremely realistic appearing setting, which is sure to catch the attention of young readers right away. How dinosaurs laid eggs, what their nests looked like, how the babies were card for and exactly why the eggs we find today were fossilized are topics which are all addressed. At the end of the book, there's a glossary to help with more difficult terms, a list of where to find more information about the topic and a website address to learn more as well.
The text is steered toward younger readers/listeners and kept at the minimum required to address a topic. The colorful bubbles of information sprinkled among the illustrations help point out certain aspects and offer more information. The information never runs too deep, but simply gives a general idea of dinosaurs and their eggs. Several different dinosaurs are addressed to illustrate the various nesting possibilities, and while this was interesting, some of the dinosaur types were not familiar to my listeners. Since the book does not dive into that aspect, this left a bit of a void.
Dinosaur fans are sure to enjoy this one!