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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