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Dinosaur Named Sue: The World's Most Complete T. Rex Hardcover – September 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439099854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439099851
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-The discovery of a nearly complete T. rex by an observant woman walking her dog on a late summer day in 1990 was the fossil find of a lifetime, but the subsequent brouhaha over its ownership put the "Bone Wars" of the 1800s in the shade. Lawsuits, court cases, and the ultimate auction of "Sue" brought this magnificent discovery to the front pages of major newspapers, made headlines on TV newscasts, and created a furor in the scientific world. This exciting re-creation of that find and the sensational commotion it caused is fleshed out as the full process of extracting such a monumental skeleton, preparing it, and mounting it for public display is recounted. Enriched with clear color photos and a brilliant painting showing Sue in all her fearsome reality, the lucid and lively text records the "resurrection" and the new data Sue and fossils in the surrounding matrix have brought to light. For those who enjoyed Jack Horner's fascinating Digging up Tyrannosaurus Rex (Crown, 1992), J. Lynette Gillette's dramatic The Search for Seismosaurus (Dial, 1994), and Don Lessem's intriguing Bigger Than T. Rex (Crown, 1997), this is a treasure. It's sure to have rex-philes wheedling for Chicago vacations, where Sue resides in massive grace in the Field Museum.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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Gr. 3-6. Meet Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found. This begins with Susan Hendrickson's discovery of the dinosaur in South Dakota in 1990, followed by the unearthing of the bones, and the fossil's arrival at the Field Museum in Chicago. In a 65-million-year flashback, readers learn about life in the late Cretaceous period, when Sue lived. The closing chapters explain how the fossilized bones were packed, transported, CT scanned, cleaned, repaired, copied, and mounted on a specially designed armature for museum display. Readers will get a real sense of the team effort that science can be. The text, written with the assistance of several paleontologists at the Field Museum, is lucid and engaging. It also clearly states that birds are reptiles ("Modern reptiles include crocodiles, turtles, snakes, lizards, and birds"), a statement that warrants additional explanation. Many color photographs, as well as diagrams and paintings, appear throughout the book to illustrate Sue's story. Dinosaur fans will be fascinated. Carolyn Phelan
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 1, 2000
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This is a great book. I liked it because I like dinosaurs. Also, I thought it was exciting. It tells alot about the dinosaur and the discovering of it. I would recommend this book to dinosaur lovers. Also, to any one who's intrested in digging stuff up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scotty on April 21, 2012
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This is an excellent book for younger readers, third-sixth grades, that tells the story of Sue, a T-Rex, whose nearly complete skeleton was found in South Dakota. How "she" got the name Sue, preservation of the skeleton, and her aquisition by the Field Museum makes for a fascinating tale. Many photos add to the fun of this book. I highly recommend it for anyone, of ANY age who loves dinosaurs and is interested in the care and preservation of their bones.
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First, I totally agree with the reviewer who said that this book "is great for adults too!"

I was passionate about dinosaurs and paleontology when I was growing up. I tried to imagine the THRILL I would feel if I ever discovered the skeleton of a dinosaur, especially a T-Rex, of course. This book is as close as I'll ever come, and for me, it was more than fascinating - it was captivating. The only part of the book I didn't care for was chapter 2. I would have loved it even more if they had used that space to give more details about the moment Ms. Hendrickson realized what she had discovered, and the ensuing process of digging it out.

But nonetheless, the book's description of Sue Hendrickson's discovery of the "largest, most complete, and best preserved" Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever found, was excellent. And I believe even surpassing that were the marvelous PHOTOS of "Sue's" bones. Many of these pictures are close-up, jaw-dropping (no pun intended) images, especially Sue's jaws and teeth. You'll get an idea of how huge this creature was when you see men standing next to its skull (which was nearly 5 ft. long and weighed approximately 600 lbs).

I'm glad I ordered the book and recommend it highly. But I must say that I ordered a new book, but the edges of the dust jacket were bent and curled inward, and the book had the appearance and feel of being slightly used.
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Informational, educational, and easy to read. My son (in second grade) read this book and did a book report on it. Great information. It helps that we live around Chicago and he has seen Sue many times. This is a book that will be a keeper.
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