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You Can Be a Paleontologist!: Discovering Dinosaurs with Dr. Scott (Science & Nature) Hardcover – April 4, 2017
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"Sampson's animated descriptions of where fossils are found, how paleontologists dig them up and transport them to museums for reconstruction and research, and what can be learned about dino diets and prehistoric habitats from teeth or other features offer a simplified but enticing view of the work and some of its rewards..." -- Kirkus
"This basic introduction to paleontology is a good start for the child who loves dinosaur picture books and is ready for the science behind these majestic (and sometimes minuscule) creatures from the past." -- Booklist
"Bright photos accent the colorful pages in this eye-catching overview of paleontology. Sampson, otherwise known as Dr. Scott, the host of the TV show Dinosaur Train, takes a question-and-answer approach to entice readers... VERDICT Eye candy for the paleontological wannabe, and some serious scientific nutrition as well." -- School Library Journal
About the Author
SCOTT D. SAMPSON is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and nonprofit executive. He serves as president and CEO of Science World at Telus World of Science in Vancouver, BC. Most of Sampson's scientific research has focused on the ecology and evolution of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs. Sampson was the primary scientific consultant and on-air host of the four-part Discovery Channel series Dinosaur Planet, and today he is known to millions of children and parents around the world as "Dr. Scott the Paleontologist," host of the hit PBS Kids television series Dinosaur Train. Sampson is also the author of Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life (University of California, 2009) and How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015).
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Carys loves dinosaurs and one of the things on this 7 years old short list for jobs is being a paleontologist. That was even her costume for Halloween this year, so I knew that my little neighbor friend would be perfect to help me review this book. Carys loved that this book was all about one of her possible career paths. She loves dinosaurs and learned tons of new things. She loves learning that Dr. Scott's favorite dinosaurs is a Kosmoceratops, which happens to be her favorite too! She loved all the illustrations and pictures. Carys got through this book with ease, as she excels in reading but this book may be a bit harder for new or beginning readers. But would be a great book to read with your child. Carys and I loved that each two page spread covered a topic like WHAT IS A PALEONTOLOGY, WHERE ARE FOSSILS FOUND and HOW ARE FOSSILS REMOVED FROM THE FIELD, just to name a few. This book is fun, informative and acts as a great compliment in any dinosaur lovers library. Carys and I both give this book a HUGE 5 star rating and highly recommend it to any and all dino lovers!
Dr. Scott is sharing so much information about what it takes to become a paleontologist. Young readers, teachers and parents will benefit from this guide filled with awesome photos and color illustrations to help kids understand the animals and plants that existed long ago. Fun facts can also be found throughout the pages in large purple bubbles. The back pages have a glossary explaining all of the terminology which is a great reference.
The book begins with explaining paleontology and fossils and then focuses a bit on various dinosaurs. It ends with explaining how kids can become a paleontologist some day by focusing on science in school, being in nature, and working on your exploring skills. It's a short and brief overview to get your youngest kids excited about how to study dinosaurs. There are great photos that show paleontologists at work and how they piece together the fossils they find and what they do with them.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
This is a fabulous book to keep any child interested in dinosaurs excited about how dinosaur fossils are found and studies. The book is presented in a logical order to create interest in young children and encourage them to naturally ask more questions as they gain knowledge about being a paleontologist. The pictures fit perfectly with the text and increase interest for the reader. I am happy to add You Can Be a Paleontologist! to my classroom library.