Famous Figures of Ancient Times and Dinosaurs on the Move by Cathy Diez-Luckie

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Summary: Cut out, colour and assemble famous figures of ancient times with brass fasteners or brads and act out history! The first book in the Figures in Motion series.

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Included are black and white (to be coloured) and full colour cut outs of Narmer, Khufu, Sargon the Great, Hammurabi, Moses, King David, Ashurbanipal, Nebuchadnezzar II, Cyrus the Great, A Greek Hoplite, Qin Shi Huangdi, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Hannibal’s Elephant, Julius Caesar, Jesus, Constantine and Augustine.

After an introduction and the instructions, you’ll find a paragraph explaining who each of the people were. It’s a great idea for schools as the teacher could make the colour one and she could photocopy on cardstock the black and white ones for each student to colour in. I’m just not sure if students ages 6-12 actually learn about these historical figures. If anyone who knows more could enlighten me, I’d appreciate it.  I know Catholic schools would find some of them useful but I’ve never even heard of most of them. The few I do know, I didn’t learn about in grade school.

I didn’t make one because I am donating the book but it looks easy enough to understand. You match A Front to A Back and so on and you can attach them with brass fasteners or brads. You can see what the pages look like at Figures in Motion as well as see a page from the biography section.

Sidenote: Figures in Motion will be at BEA. See where at their news page.

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Summary:  The second book in the Figures in Motion series is all about Dinosaurs! Cut, colour and assemble 10 different dinosaurs.

This one is smaller, featuring the Allosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Baryonyx, Brachiosaurus, Ouranosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Pteranodon, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex.

There is a little information about each dinosaur at the front of the book including length, weight, habitat, diet, where fossils have been found and a short paragraph on it’s features.

My kids like dinosaurs but I can see paper dinosaurs getting bent or lost so I haven’t decided yet if we’ll make some of them or pass the book on.

They are made the same way at the first book, by matching letters and using brass fasteners or brads. Perfect for teachers, homeschoolers or just dinosaur lovers.

Links of Interest: Figures in MotionBlog Talk Radio Interview with Author, Cathy Diez Luckie on Twitter,

Other Reviews: For Immediate Release Reviews Kids,

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The next book in the Figures in Motion series will be Famous Figures of the United States, which should be out sometime this year. You can see the line up of future books planned. The website also has resources for history lessons and list of events.

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