Dragons of the Deep: Ocean Monsters Past & Present
Amazing!! Couldn't put it down!
When I went to go wrap this book as a gift for my 8 year old niece, I just had to read it first because I knew it was something that I myself would want in my collection. I absolutely could not put it down until I read the entire thing--it was that good! When my niece unwrapped it on Christmas, it was like she disappeared the rest of that night because her head was buried in it--she liked it that much. Needless to say, this was a very satisfactory purchased.
January 3, 2013
"Dragons of the Deep" is a children's nonfiction book about huge sea creatures (marine reptiles and mammals, turtles, squid, fish and sharks) of both the past and present. Adults will enjoy the book as well. It covered 17 main sea monsters with a 4 page spread for each creature. The author discussed what we know about the creature and, if it's thought to be extinct, what fossil evidence this information was based on (bones, skin impressions, stomach contents, etc.). We're given the creature's name, length, weight, the location it (or it's fossils) have been found, and fun facts about what it ate or what legends might be based on it. There's a painting-style picture of what each creature might have looked like, pictures of live ones, pictures of the fossils, illustrations showing how large they were compared to common objects (like cars), and more.Woven into this was information on how we can determine things about what the creature was like based on the fossils. Also, when discussing how and where the various fossils of the creatures were found, the author discussed how fossils are formed.The book was written from a Christian perspective, so the author occasionally said things like "God created this creature..." or refered to Noah's Flood as creating many fossils. Overall, I enjoyed the book and thought it was very well done. I'd recommend it to children and adults who are interested in sea monsters.I gave this book to a girl who'd just turned 13 years old. She was highly engaged by it, and, as she was reading, she kept looking up to say, "Hey, did you know that such-and-such was this big?" and other things she'd just learned from it. She read the whole book at one sitting, and I suspect she'll be going back to look at it again.
July 29, 2010
If your child loves these strange creatures, then this book is for you. My daughter screamed with delight when she received this. Well done and good quality. Not filled with the deception of evolution.
December 28, 2009
My son loves this book. WE use it as a reading and science book combined. It is very interesting and well written. Great illustrations!! It's amazing, the information found in this book, that is not found elsewhere. We love it!
September 8, 2008