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How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum (How the . . . Got to the Museum) Hardcover – October 11, 2013

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 1280L (What's this?)
  • Series: How the . . . Got to the Museum
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books (October 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609050908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609050900
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on March 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum is a fun poem along the lines of a cumulative poem. The bones belonging to a Diplodocus are found by a dinosaur hunter, who then solicits the opinions of a paleontologist who confirms that the bones are indeed those of a Diplodocus. Next come the excavators who help to excavate the dinosaur bones, which are then transported by the movers, carefully restored by the preparators, etc. etc.

The author uses vocabulary effectively to convey the laborious process of getting dinosaur bones found in the wild to an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Each occupation is highlighted in a creative way so that a child can easily follow the process and understand what each job entails. This is further reinforced by using the cumulative poem format so that young readers will understand the nature of each job. My seven-year-old loved reading this out loud, and particularly looked forward to saying the poem as it got longer and longer with the often repeated jobs, e.g.:

"unpacked by the preparators,
packed in wagons by the movers,
uncovered by the excavators,
verified by the paleontologist,
and located by the dinosaur hunter."

This book truly is a gem - it not only educates young readers on the diverse occupations involved in getting a dinosaur's bones recovered and sent to a museum to be placed in an exhibit, but it also helps young children develop their vocabulary. Each time the poem gets longer, the writer substitutes a word with a synonym. For example:
"confirmed" by the paleontologist is replaced by "identified", "verified", "authenticated", "validated", "certified", etc.
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It's good and includes facts. I was getting it for a 2nd grader who loves learning about space. We go to the museum quite often. Because of the way it is written, it reminds me of "The House that Jack Built". It repeats phrases, not bad, but I was wanting more of a straight-forwarded informational text.
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Format: Hardcover
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.
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The Diplodocus longus in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History towered over everyone as the museum docent began to talk about him. "Millions and millions of years ago, dinosaurs had the run of the Earth." Every kid knows that, but a curly-haired, freckled faced boy wanted to know just how this particular Diplo got there. Just how were all those bones gathered together and where did they come from? It all began when Diplodocus roamed the Earth grazing for food on the plains. The rain began to fall and unfortunately the Diplo was swept off his feet into the river and died.

As time went by his bones were covered up and were hidden beneath the sands of Utah. In 1923 a dinosaur hunter went in search of the Diplodocus because his studies led him to an area where he might find him. Ah, a huge bone was found and he began to dust it off. The excitement began when the paleontologist, "an expert in prehistoric fossils," arrived to confirm that it was a bone from the Jurrassic period. The Diplo had been found and now it was time to begin his journey to Washington, D.C. Just how would he be transported and what would happen to him when he arrived?

This is the amazing journey of a Diplodocus whose bones were discovered and transported to the Smithsonian. Many young people have journeyed to museums to see dinosaur bones, but until now I haven't seen any children's book explaining just how they got there. This book gives a brief overview of the Diplodocus's unfortunate fate and then subtly details his travels from the discovery of his tibia to his full skeleton display. Almost in the manner of a rebus rhyme, many words are encased in sign-like blocks for easy recognition. For example the paleontologist sign is in the shape of a bone.
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