One of the first books I loved when I was in the first and second grades was the How and Why Wonder Book of Dinosaurs. Note the cost: $.69. That was in 1970 or 1971. The nuns had the H&W series at school and I bummed enough change from my parents to buy a set at the East Milton ‘5 & 10’ store. (In those days there really were a lot of things you could get for five and ten cents.)
So it’s gratifying to find that my 7-year-old not only likes to read from this every night, she prefers it to the more current books from the Children’s section of Borders and Barnes & Noble. Given how much we’ve learned about dinosaurs since 1970, the book is still a delightful overview for kids (and doesn’t talk down to them).
In short, my book-hoarding years are paying off.