Monday, August 6, 2012

How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum, by Jessie Hartland

How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum
by Jessie Hartland
40 pages
Maplewood, NJ: Blue Apple Books
ISBN 9781609050900

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

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