The models were first created for the book ‘Smart Kids Dinosaurs A-Z’ – an alphabetical introduction to the world of dinosaurs for children aged three and over. The models start at letter A with the carnivorous Allosaurus and end at Z with the swift moving Zephyrosaurus.
Each model was individually designed after extensive paleontological research – and constructed by model maker Graham High and colleagues at Centaur Studios.
Photographs of the intricate models were also used in many other bestselling dinosaur books published by Priddy Books.
Peter Pusey, general manager of Dinosaur Isle, said the museum was delighted to receive such a generous gift.
“These models span 170 million years of dinosaur evolution and include examples of dinosaurs found on the Island. We are very pleased to receive 23 of the 26 models which were made, and intend to display them in chronological order and then challenge children to put them into alphabetical order. We will also find models to stand in for the missing letters.”
Councillor Shirley Smart, Cabinet member for tourism, said:
“These models should be a fascinating addition to all the other exhibition items at Dinosaur Isle – and will prove a real educational extra for younger visitors. We are very grateful to the publishers for their generosity.”
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Priddy Books is an early learning publishing specialist and was founded in 2000 by Roger Priddy. He has now sold more than 100 million books worldwide, as well as being recognised with numerous industry awards.