Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chronicles of Dinosauria review

The Chronicles of Dinosauria is written by Dave Woetzel, illustrated by Richard Dobbs and published by New Leaf Publishing.

About the Book:
  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books; Reprint edition (April 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890517045
  • Retail Price: $16.99
Every legend is said to include some grain of truth, and for years co-author Dave Woetzel has sought to separate fact from fiction as he explores mysteries related to dinosaurs, mankind’s history, and the biblical time-line. Teaming with artist and designer Richard Dobbs, the two have created a visual archive of expeditions and intriguing clues to explore, all of which highlight the connection to the authority and reliability of Scripture.

Provocative artifacts from around the world are examined in an exquisite, full-color book that hints at man’s familiarity with living dinosaurs. Studies point to more than simple answers beneath the waves of Loch Ness, and other sites around the world, many investigated personally by the author. Here is the study of cryptozoology and the discoveries that seem to defy all evolutionary time-lines, vividly illustrated and filled with rare photos.

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My Thoughts: 

I adored this scrapbook/magazine combo layout book. It was chalk full of fabulous, bright and colorfully vivid illustrations, photos and art work that really helped bring the book the book to life. The author touched on 5 main key points to back up biblical evidence of dinosaur and man co-existing and dating to the era of pre-flood and post flood, such as fossil evidence, historical evidence, artistic evidence, Cryptozoology evidence and Biblical evidence. Dave uses each of these topics to dive into and give us a deeper understanding  of how all things point back to a wonderful and powerful creator, while keeping in mind scientific evidence that non-creationist believe in and use to support their way of thinking.

My kids (ages 6, 13 and 18) favorite parts of the books ranged  from the Fossil Science Experiment, the Dragon Trivia, Dino Drawing Experiment to the Bible Puzzle,  Dino Dave's Challenge and the pictures. Personally, I enjoyed the research opportunities the book provided, the ability to use it to teach geography, vocabulary and bible all at one time while strengthening our families ability to give an account for the things we believe and why. Location evidence was amazing. We are taking a trip to MN next month and cannot wait to stop by Wyoming to view the Devil's Tower and Bone Cabin Quarry and hit New Mexico on our way back to visit Ship Rock. To be able to see first hand the profusion of skeletons in the dinosaur graveyards from the Flood will be amazing.

My Amazon review
My Christian Books Review
Supplemental Free Activities:
1. Free printable Dinosaur  Pack
2. Carnivore and Herbivore Worksheet
3. Connect the Dots worksheets
4. Creation Based Dinosaur Unit Study and Lapbook Printables

1.The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved
2.Dinky Dinousaur: Creation Days
3.Dinosaur Challenges and Mysteries
4. Bones Rock! Everything You Need to Know to be a Paleontologist
5. Eyewitness Handbooks Fossils
6. The Mystery of History
7. From This Earth Fossils
8. The Nature and Science of Fossils
9. Jurassic Park Istitute Dinsaur Field Guide
10. National Geographic Dinosaurs
11. Dinosaur Mummies Beyond Bare-Bone Fossils
12. Dragonbreath Series Books
13. How Do Dinosaurs say Goodnight?
14. Dinosaur Roar
15. Dinosaurs by Design
16. The Dragons of Eden
17. Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark
18. Magic Tree House Sunset of the Sabertooth
19. Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #1 Dinosaurs


Paper Mache' Dinosaur Egg
As a fun way to wrap up your unit, make a paper mache' dinosaur egg together.
Glue or Flour (depending on what kind of glue you are going to make)
Newspaper Strips (about 1-1 1/2 inches wide, 8-12 inches long-- length isn't a big
Balloons (large round work best for this)
Plastic dinosaur (optional)

1. Blow up a balloon until it is nice and big with an almost oval shape. For a
special egg, throw a plastic dinosaur figure in the balloon before you blow it up.
2. Mix up your glue
Option 1 - 3/4 white glue to 1/4 water
Option 2- Mix 1 cup of flour into 1 cup of water until the mixture is thin and
runny. Stir into 4 cups of boiling water. Simmer for about 3 minutes, then cool.
3. Dip each strip of paper in the glue. Get the excess off by running it through
your fingers. If you don't get the extra off, you will probably end up with a gloppy
mess. Wrap each strip around the balloon. When the entire balloon has a layer
of strips, let it dry a bit. (We used fans). Once it is dry, you can add another
layer. I recommend three layers just to make sure you will have a sturdy egg.
4. Once the egg is completely dry, you can pop the balloon from inside the egg.
5. Let your student decorate the egg with paint, makers, or whatever else you
may want to try.
6. If you have a plastic dino inside, let your student "hatch" his egg.
  *Disclaimer: I was given this book by Master Books, a division of New Leaf publishing, in exchange for a review.  All opinions in the review are my own.  No other compensation was given.

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