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**Book policies at bottom**

I see this book as having one of three general uses. 1. As educational material for home school or a classroom setting (where the kids don't actually handle the book, just have access to the material). 2. Decorating a room or classroom with a dinosaur or reptile theme and framing the full page illustrations. 3. Using the illustrations in other artistic applications (decoupage, prints, etc).

The writing is good though, very comprehensive. Excerpt: "Pteranodon had a larger brain than most reptiles. Flying makes greater demands than other forms of locomotion. It takes a great deal of coordination, balance and activity. And to hunt from the air takes a keener sense of sight. So the brain became larger in order to meet those demands."

The introduction was written by a scientific assistant at the The American Museum of Natural History and the book's text by Darlene Geis.

It was illustrated by R. F. Peterson. I've had trouble finding anything else out about this person but these illustrations are lovely, with a fantastic pallet of muted colors. For the purpose of making framed (or print) copies of pages there are full pages of:
A Wooly Mammoth
A fun full page "Calendar of Earth History) with cool font, nice layout, icon dinosaurs and a funky border.
A double page of the Pteranodon (as seen in the photo above) which would have to be pieced at the seam.
A double page of the Plesiosaurus (with text on the left page).

The end pages are also beautiful and there are a few quarter page color illustrations as well as many black and white illustrations throughout.

Hardcover, Grosset & Dunlap, 1959
9" x 12" x 1"

BOOK POLICY: All my vintage children's books are chosen for the quality of art or use of language, or, usually, both! I seek (and sell) warm, well-worn (but sturdy) vintage books. Rarely will my books have markings on inner pages. I'll only note the condition of a book if there are any particular inner markings, such as library stamps notes/folders, scribblings on outer pages, warbled pages, or if spines are falling apart, etc. Otherwise expect a used older book in good, sturdy, readable condition with signs of having been loved — worn corners, maybe faded covers, the occasional mark, etc. All are good for reading or for using pictures to frame or in other projects.

CONDITION: The book's spine is in poor shape, though it holds together well on interior pages. Inside pages are good with warm, delightful color.

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Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals 1950s Vintage Childrens Book - Dinosaur - Dinosaur Decor - Boys Room


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: paper, illustration, book
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 46 reviews
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