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33. Dinosaurs Alive. Directed by Bayley Silleck and David Clark. 40 minutes. Image Entertainment. 2009. $12.99. ASIN: B00428CCO8.

Brief Plot Description: This documentary introduces the different species of dinosaurs, their fossils, their reasons of extinction, their predators and prey, the history of dinosaur research, and more. It mainly focuses on explaining how paleontologists dig up fossils in the Gobi Desert, China, and New Mexico and bring these fossils back to life through animation.

Genre(s)/Subject(s): Children, documentary, dinosaurs, science films, educational films
Age Level: Ages 9 and up
Programming/Lesson Ideas: Librarians can introduce some nonfiction books about dinosaurs to children. Children can also collect photos of different kinds of dinosaurs and place them in a dinosaur collection notebook and write a brief description for each dinosaur.
DVDs Similar in Style, Content, Theme, or Characters: Dinosaurs Decoded; Dinosaurs : giants of Patagonia ; Dinosaurs Unearthed
Personal Thoughts: This documentary is well presented with 3D animation bringing the dinosaurs to life. It also takes the audience to Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, New Mexico, and China to find the fossils of dinosaurs. The narrative of the documentary offers slow and clear explanations.

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