Laurence Pringle

Children's Books and School Author Visits

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"Another winner in a long series of engaging, informative invitations to explore the natural world." --Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
"Beginning on a snowy afternoon in February and ending in early autumn, this book centers on a fox named Vixen as she explores her habitat, hunts, runs from danger, and starts a family. This intimate and personal view into Vixen's life is chronicled through a beautifully cohesive relationship between text and illustration...A rich reading experience awaits those who pick up this title..."--School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
A "picture-book equivalent of watching a nature documentary."--School Library Journal
"Budding arachnologists will find this an enlightening introduction."--Kirkus programs about writing in schools
"A coolly fascinating, nostalgic glimpse into life as it was over a century ago." --Kirkus Reviews
"A must-have addition to science collections." --Booklist
"intelligent..eye-catching..readable lodestone for researchers." Starred review, School Library Journal
Paperback--the most unusual dinosaur book ever published!
The most comprehensive children's book about these amazing insects! "Smoothly written, beautifully illustrated"--School Library Journal author meets students in elementary schools
"An amazing nonfiction children's book"--Midwest Book Review
"A especial treat for young dragon lovers." --Midwest Book Review
"Words and stirring pictures focus on the role of the powerful black man on the thrilling journey...he is hailed as a national hero." -- Booklist author visits in schools
"Pringle's succinct text provides an engaging overview of penguin life...even penguin fans will find something new." -- Booklist
"Even readers fearful of snakes may find the subject a little less strange, a little more wonderful." -- Booklist
"Presented with respect for the subject and for the audience, this is one of the best of the many bat books, especially for a somewhat younger audience." --Booklist programs about writing for kids in schools
"The lucid text and elegant illustrations march in perfect step, creating an attractive fusing of art and information." --School Library Journal
"An exemplary nature-study book--accurate, explicit, and satisfyingly complete." School Library Journal
"Full of adventure and excitement, this book contains a wonderful mix of intriguing stories and historical facts."
--Childhood Education
elementary school author visits
"A poetic text...A wonderful choice to share with children before a summer vacation or to use as an introduction to an ecology unit." --School Library Journal
"A superb, well-researched book that finds extraordinary science in the everyday life of a butterfly."
--Kirkus Reviews
school author visits
Picture Book Fiction
"A likable book that's sure to start kids romping, and maybe their parents, too."--Kirkus

Dinosaurs and Their World

The Story Behind the Book

First books are special. For some writers, their first book is their only book. When mine was published, I had no idea that more than a hundred would follow. Also, sometimes a writer decides that his or her first book was flawed, an embarrassment. One author who felt that way spent the rest of his life hunting down copies of his first novel, in order to destroy them all!

Fortunately, I still like what I wrote in this, my first book (and first of three dinosaur books, with perhaps another one yet to come). The book has one feature that is special to me: on page 15 a photo shows a girl kneeling by some fossil dinosaur tracks. Those tracks were unearthed when I was working on the book, so my family went to the site in Connecticut. I took photos of my daughter Heidi (in the photo), and her brother Jeffrey, inspecting ancient dinosaur footprints.

I struggled, writing Dinosaurs and Their World, partly because it was the longest piece of writing in my life. One help: I divided it into nine chapters, and thought of each one as a rather short magazine article. Added together, they made a long book. You might do the same if you have a long, tough writing job. Try to find a way to divide it into smaller pieces. This can make the whole job feel less overwhelming.

My writing about dinosaurs was rejected eight times. Then a very wise editor named Margaret K. McElderry decided to publish it. (Clicking on Reviewers & Reviews leads to some of its reviews. Also, if you click on the paperback edition of this dinosaur book, you will learn why that book is probably the most unusual book ever written about dinosaurs!)