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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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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.Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book came covered in dirt and sticky material of which I am unsure of the source. It's a gift for our daycare class - disappointed :(Published 3 months ago by C. Skultety
The child love the book. reads it all the time. A good one.Published 20 months ago by David R. Debace
This is a great book for children. It teaches about the process from finding the fossils until they are presented in the museum for viewing. Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Susan
I bought this book as a gift for my granddaughter who enjoys visiting the Syracuse Museum of Natural History.
John P. Kyle
our grandson smile after we gave him this book. He likes this book since he is fascinated with dinosaurs.
He took this book with him out the country.
I wish I could go back in time and have Jessie Hartland write an entire series of "How the..." books that I could enjoy throughout my childhood. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Mary Lavers (in Canada)
This is a fun and informative book for the curious child who loves dinasaurs. A great read to book as well as a book that the young reader can go back to again and again.Published on February 8, 2013 by judith e. kowalski
A good story and very nice illustrations. Very nice quality book. Nice way to keep science interesting, fun for my daughter.Published on January 20, 2013 by labbyluvr
This was a gift for my 5-year old granddaughter. She likes science and related topics. The text seemed appropriate for her age and interests.Published on January 18, 2013 by Stephanie Doetsch