Tuesday, March 19, 2013

How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland

About the Book:

Acclaimed author/illustrator Jessie Hartland presents the fascinating 145-million-year journey of a dinsoaur: a Diplodocus longus, from its discovery in 1923 in Utah to its arrival in the hallowed halls of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Juvenile Nonfiction / Animals
Ages 6 to 9, Grades 1 to 4
My Review:

I will start off by saying that this book does not take a young earth creation point of view, so depending upon what you are teaching your children, you may want to tread lightly. That being said, the book is a wonderful source for some basic knowledge is archeology, archaeological tools,and many other fields of interest.  There are alot of great vocabulary words that can be discussed at length with your kids as well such as excavator, paleontologist, preparators, curator and more. My son personally loved exploring the Smithsonian online and using our globe to locate the places mentioned in the book.

For the most part the illustrations were good, there were a few pages that the colors were off and the people faded into the background as apposed to standing out. I really liked how the author worked in all the different aspects involved  to "move bones". You saw the use of math, science, teamwork, patience, history preservation, geography etc. Just a great all around book to use as an opening to delve into so many different areas of interest your kids may have.

About the Author:
Jessie Hartland is an illustrator, cartoonist, artist, packaging designer, and window display designer with a worldwide clientele. She is the author and illustrator of Clementine in the City and the illustrator of Messing Around on the Monkey Bars, The Perfect Puppy for Me and Drawing with Scissors. She lives with her family in New York City and Bellport, Long Island. The author lives in New York, NY.

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from Blue Apple Books in return for an honest review. The opions expressed are my own.
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