Biography, Dinosaurs, National Womens Month

When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex By Toni Buzzeo

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Back of Book:
From a very young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things: lost coins, perfume bottles, even hidden treasure. Her endless curiosity eventually led to her career in diving and paleontology, where she would continue to find things big and small. In 1990, at a dig in South Dakota, Sue made her biggest discovery to date: Sue the T. rex, the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever unearthed. Named in Sue’s honor, Sue the T. rex would be placed on permanent exhibition at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Abrams book publishers in exchange for an honest review.
This is a terrific nonfiction picture book biography about the life and research of Sue Hendrickson. The text follows Sue from her childhood as a curious finder to her job as an archeologist. She went to search the hills of South Dakota for dinosaur fossils where she felt lead to a particular cliff. In that cliff, she discovered the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found. I love that the text has quotes from Sue about finding the T-Rex. It adds a layer of depth to the story and shows readers Sues perspective about finding such a miraculous set of bones. The illustrations by Diana Sudyka are filled with soft and airy colors. She captured the mountains of South Dakota beautifully. The back of the book has more informing about Sue Hendrickson as well as a photo of the T-Rex that she discovered. I love this story because I feel like it is very relevant to today’s audiences. It is a great reminder to readers to never give up on being curious human beings. Also a perfect addition to any dinosaur unit.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Dinosaurs

What If You Had T. Rex Teeth? And Other Dinosaur Parts by Sandra Markle

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Back of Book:
What if you woke up one morning and you had sprouted a dinosaur body part overnight? What If You Had T. rex Teeth? — the next imaginative book in the What If You Had series — explores what would happen if you looked in the mirror and saw that you had become part dino! From a Velociraptor’s sharp sickle-tipped toes to a T. rex’s giant curved teeth, and from the body armor of an Ankylosaurus to the long neck of a Brachiosaurus — discover what it would be like if you had one of these wild dinosaur parts! Readers will also learn what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur and why they aren’t still around today.
My Review:
Sandra Markle has created another fantastically fun story in What If You Had series. In this book, Markle explains several different dinosaurs and the things that make them unique. each page has the name of the dinosaur broken down so that readers have the correct pronunciation. The facts are interesting and easy for readers to understand. The illustrations are the bright, familiar images that readers have come to love. This is a great nonfiction text that shows readers the unique and fun facts about dinosaurs.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Dinosaurs, Food, Silly and fun books, Uncategorized

Cookiesaurus Rex By Amy Fellner Dominy

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Back of Book:
As soon as Cookiesaurus Rex comes out of the oven, he declares that he is King of All Cookies. He should be frosted before all of the standard-shaped cookies, in a nice bright green. But the other cookies are getting sprinkles, or shiny stars, or even gumdrops . . . WAIT ONE STINKIN’ STOMPIN’ MINUTE! Cookiesaurus wants a do-over. Problem is, he might not end up with the kind of “do” he wants. Readers will love the funny back-and-forth between this cheeky cookie and the hand that frosts him. See who gets his licks in at the end!
My Review:
I have noticed a trend this year that many picture books have characters who speak to a third party or the reader. I believe that it is a very clever idea. Cookiesaurus Rex wants everything that all the other cookies have. He becomes very demanding until the person frosting the cookies has had enough. A battle ensues that will bring a great deal of laughter to readers. There is also an excellent moral in this book about not demanding things from others. AG Ford brings each change of the cookie to life. The final few pages are my personal favorite. This is a perfect book that combines laughter with the understanding that you can’t always get what you want the second you want it.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Dinosaurs

Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs BY Kathleen V. Kudlinski

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Back of Book:
The ancient Chinese thought they were magical dragons. Scientists thought they could only float on water since they were so big. Boy, were they wrong! Even today, notions about dinosaurs are being revised as new discoveries are made. This lively book offers fascinating insight into how certain theories were formulated, and then how those theories were proved or disproved.
My Review:
This is a must read for all dinosaur lovers. It discusses all of the different ideas that scientists have had over the years about dinosaurs. Each page discusses a different misconception that scientists had about different animals. The book discusses the bone structure of each type of dinosaur as well as if they were hot or cold blooded. This book is a great addition to every teacher’s nonfiction library. The illustrations are engaging for children, but still teach them information about dinosaurs.

Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Pirasaurs By Josh Funk

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Back of Book:

We’re Pirasaurs! We’re Pirasaurs! We rule the open seas! We’ll cannon-blast you to the past!  We do just what we please! Meet the Pirasaurs, a ragtag team of seasoned pirate dinosaurs looking for adventure and treasure! There’s fearsome Captain Rex, golden-toothed Velocimate, one-eyed Bronto Beard, and more fearsome, buccaneering beasts….as well as one new recruit who may be small, but who’s eager to prove he can learn the ropes and find his place on the team. But when a trap is set upon the Pirasaurs while looking for buried treasure, it’s up to the littlest recruit to show the team that there’s more to a Pirasaur than meets the eye patch!

My Review:

There is something magical and brilliant about combining the ideas of dinosaurs and pirates. After I read this story, I was amazed that this concept has not been created before. The story follows the youngest recruit. He tries very hard to be a good pirasaurs and make his shipmates proud. The ending is a great lesson about working together. I liked that the ending had a surprise and made for a good ending. Josh is a talented author, I found the story to be fun, and filled with values. This is a great read aloud and I highly recommend it.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

 

Dinosaurs

Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World By Tracey Fern

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Back of Book:

Barnum Bones (1873-1963) parents named him after the circus icon P.T. Barnum, hoping that he would do something extraordinary–and he did! As a paleontologist for the American Museum of Natural History, he discovered the first documented skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as most of the other dinosaurs on display there today.

My Review

I have mentioned that I have a boy heavy class this year. They all LOVE anything dinosaur related. When I read the description of this book, I knew it would be a great read aloud. My students thought it was amazing! They all sat and listened as I read about all the different bones that Barnum uncovered. This book tells of the amazing life of P.T. Barnum. He truly dedicated his life to sniffing out  and finding fossils.  This is a great biography story as well as a must read for all dinosaur lovers.

Ages 5 and up

36 Pages

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