How the Dinosaur Got to the Museumby Jessie Hartland
Maplewood, NJ: Blue Apple Books
Hartland tells the backstory of a dinosaur's skeleton in a house-that-Jack-built style.
There are many steps between when a promising couple of bones are turned up in an archaeological dig and when the completed skeleton is ready for public display in a museum. Hartland's watercolors and pastels show a large number of cheerful experts working on the bones and creating a final product to be proud of.
I liked the sing-song quality of the repetition (the Diplodocus was amassed by the excavators, authenticated by the paleontologist, and discovered by the dinosaur hunter...); it seemed to make for a good group read-aloud. This would be a good 5th-grade science book.
Media: watercolor, oil pastels