A Land Apart From Time

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In 1862, after being shipwrecked in uncharted seas, Professor Arthur Denison and his twelve-year-old son Will find themselves washed up on a strange island where people and dinosaurs live together peacefully.

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In 1860, when extensive uncharted territories covered a respectable portion of the globe, biologist Arthur Denison and his young son, Will, set out on a Darwinian voyage of exploration.
Somewhere on the expedition, Professor Denison and Will disappeared. Neither they nor anyone from their ship were heard from again - until very recently. It now appears that, through the kindly intervention of dolphins, they were transported to the lost island of Dinotopia, a land where dinosaurs and humans live together in peaceful interdependence. The dinosaurs appreciate the skills and liveliness of homo sapiens, and the humans benefit from the wisdom and gentleness of the very much older species.
The exciting, often spectacular, adventures of the Denisons in Dinotopia are chronicled here by the Professor. As a trained professional observer of the world's flora and fauna, he recorded his experiences in meticulous detail; otherwise it would be difficult to believe the astonishing discoveries he documented. His artistic skills allow the rich tapestry of Dinotopian life to emerge with graphic impact. He presents clearly the marvels of architecture designed for 50-ton organisms - aquatic cities, water-parks, treetowns, and other wonders, both natural and dinosaur/man-made.
Professor Denison details aspects of daily life, too: parades and celebrations, sports (some quite risky!), and foods. He tells of sleeping quarters suspended from trees; hatcheries (where humans tend dinosaur young) and playparks (where dinosaurs tend human young); and modes of transportation, including air travel on Quetzalcoatlus, known locally as Skybax. In short, he shows Dinotopia to be a marvelously fascinating place, offering adventure and excitement, as well as an extraordinary opportunity to gain insight into our own world and time from the Dinotopian point of view.

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Shipwrecked in the strange, unknown world of Dinotopia, a scientist and his young son, Will, discover a land in which humans and an ancient race of dinosaurs have lived together for centuries
Shipwrecked in the strange, unknown world of Dinotopia, a scientist and his young son, Will, discover a land in which humans and an ancient race of dinosaurs have lived together for centuries, in a fantasy tale complemented by vivid, full-color illustrations. 100,000 first printing. $125,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: Atlanta : Turner Publishing, [1992]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9781878685230
Branch Call Number: J FICTION GURNE
Characteristics: 159 pages : color illustrations, map ; 26 x 28 cm


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neko May 05, 2018

A fabulously imagined story. Great for family sharing. A book to keep an re-read.

Dec 13, 2016

* It's the ultimate dinosaur fantasy! A father and his teenage son are shipwrecked on an island where dinosaurs never went extinct. The dinosaurs are intelligent and live in harmony with the humans on the island.

* I love that this book is written in the form of a journal of scientific observations. My favorite parts were when the main character described the dinosaurs' inventions, including a reading machine and a spiral-shaped clock.

* But the illustrations are the best part of this book. They're absolutely enchanting.

* This is the first book in a series, and I'm hooked.

Jun 13, 2015

Dinotopia is one of the best books I have ever read. It has a fantastic story and incredible illustrations. This is a must read for anyone who loves Dinosaurs, creative stories and beautiful art.

Mar 05, 2013

Really good, actually. I wish they had all the books

Nov 09, 2010

In 1862, Professor Arthur Denison and his son Will are shipwrecked on a tropical island. Almost immediately, they encounter strange signs of life?enormous footprints, mysterious noises, and bizarre animals. To Denison and Will?s immense surprise, the inhabitants of this island are dinosaurs who live in unity and harmony with humans. Dinotopia?the name is the island?is a peaceful, innovative, cooperative society. Denison and Will are expected to contribute their skills as well and journey across the island to register at Waterfall City. Along the way, they befriend Dinotopia?s human and dinosaur citizens and observe first-hand the extraordinary workings of this unique?but still mysterious and even dangerous?world. Author James Gurney presents this sophisticated picture book as Arthur Denison?s journal. As such, it is filled with scientific observations and beautiful, realistic portraits of the people, creatures, and places of Dinotopia?including the dinosaurs, who are portrayed in all their glory as they work, play, and learn side-by-side with humans. Dinotopia is whimsical, fantastic, and worthy of being read again and again by dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages.

Apr 09, 2008

great art work & wonderful story line for adults & kids alike (& adults w/ young hearts). the detail is amazing & you feel like you're really there!! how fun!!


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Dec 14, 2017

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Jul 19, 2013

Code of Dinotopia
Survival of all or none.
One rain drop raises the sea.
Weapons are enemies even to their owners.

Give more, take less.
Others first, self last.
Observe, listen, and learn.
Do one thing at a time.

Sing every day.
Exercise imagination.
Eat to live, don't live to eat.


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