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  • Introducing Dinosaurs and Dragons
  • Materials and Methods
  • Finishing Techniques
  • A Herd of Miniatures
  • The Horned Dinosaurs
  • The Giant Plant-Eaters
  • Iguanodon and the Duck-Bills
  • The Armour-Plated Dinosaurs
  • Tyrannosaurus, Tyrant King of the Lizards
  • Fliers and Gliders
  • A Galaxy of Reptiles
  • St. George and the Dragon
  • The Dragon
  • Local Dragons
  • Serpents

Title: How To Make Dinosaurs and Dragons
Author: Pamela Peake
Publication Date: Hardcover:1976
Publisher: Collins, London
Page Count: 112
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/4"
ISBN: 0004118391

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. The best description of these toys I could come up with was ‘funky/chunky’. She happens to be crazy about those loud seventies furniture fabrics, which distracts a bit from the actual design of the toys. However, I must say putting a toothbrush in the claws of the very toothy T-Rex was quite funny. The patterns are gridded for easier resizing, use the old a-b-c method of marking, and do not have the seam allowances marked on the patterns. She goes to some effort to give the dinosaurs not only toed feet, but claws on the ends of the toes, hooded eyelids – the nice little details that make toys worthwhile to make.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions have some illustrations but are still pretty minimal. If you don't already know what you're doing, the instructions aren't going to help you much.

SUMMARY- She gives a nice brief history of the discovery and naming of dinosaurs in her introduction, but it was the various detail applications throughout that held my attention. Obviously, dragons and other monsters have a very close place in my heart, and this was the first of Ms. Peake’s books I picked up. I always feel a need to see what has been done before, so that I don't copy it either through accident or bad memory, and I'm always enthusiastic about the talent of others – and Ms. Peake is talented.