Learn How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum

February 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland; published by Blue Apple Books, Maplewood, NJ; 2011.

Follow a diplodocus from its discovery in a Utah quarry to its grand opening as a display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.  Hartland researched the dinosaur’s tale then created a cumulative story around it.  The narrative builds from the dinosaur hunter who discovered it to the museum director who announces the exhibit’s grand opening.  I was impressed that she almost made this book a rebus by illustrating the job titles (and the diplodocus’ name) so that listeners and early readers will be able to determine what the jobs are as the story builds.  Resources abound in “A Little Bit of Dino Info” included at the end of the book.  Answers to frequently asked questions are included as are Web resources tied to Dinosaur National Monument (the National Park where this dino was discovered), the Smithsonian’s dino page, and “Dino Dig” websites.

Absolutely include this book in pathfinders about dinosaurs, especially for elementary aged students.  I would highly recommend this to parents before they make a trip to a natural history museum (especially the Smithsonian) so their family can discuss how artifacts make it to museums.  And for those who can’t visit the museums in person, I would recommend this book in conjunction with a virtual visit via a museum exhibit online.


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