Laurence Pringle

Children's Books and School Author Visits

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"This book--true to its sweeping subject matter--is swift, exacting, and sure to hook any reader."--Booklist "A great purchase for report writers, budding ornithologists, and generally curious readers."--SLJ
"One of the most interesting and informative books in Pringle and Henderson's consistently fine Strange and Wonderful series, here's an excellent choice for science collections."--Booklist "A well-crafted book full of realistic illustrations and lively scientific text that tackles the sometimes misunderstood spider." --School Library Journal
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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

I was happy to learn that my first book would be published in paperback. However, I had not yet learned that an author has to pay close attention to every detail as their work is in the process of being published. If possible, ask to see, and approve, every stage. Almost all authors have horror stories of a published book with glaring mistakes put there by editors, designers, artists, and others who worked on the project. In the case of this paperback of Dinosaurs and Their World, the "damage" was strange and funny, rather than harmful.
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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED:
A finished copy of the paperback arrived in the mail. An exciting event! I liked the cover design (trusting the publishing house, I had not asked to check it before publication.) However, as I looked at the four images on the cover, I noticed something odd. One didn't look like right. That skeleton against a black background didn't look like a dinosaur. In fact, to me it look liked the skeleton of some present-day mammal, maybe a horse.

I contacted the editor and asked about it. She investigated, and reported: the designer had gone to the photograph files at The American Museum of Natural History, and looked for a variety of dinosaur images. However, he knew little about science, dinosaurs, or skeletons. When the editor looked on the back of that strange photo she saw it identified: a camel skeleton.

Thus, I have the most unusual dinosaur book ever published: one with a camel on the cover! (By the way, no one ever complained. If anyone noticed, they didn't tell me.)
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