A Book for Dinosaur Lovers

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?

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When my daughter was small, she was captivated by dinosaurs. She had a huge collection of dinosaurs along with dinosaur cards, books, and stamps. She even had those eggs that dissolved in the bathtub to reveal a sponge dinosaur. My daughter’s prehistoric creatures could be found in almost every part of our house. Her interest in nonfiction books came about because of them. The collection is now stored in our basement. I’m eagerly waiting for our adorable twin granddaughters to be old enough to take the collection home and create their own dinosaur land.

Dinosaur

During the Ogren-house dinosaur era, nonfiction picture book biographies were not as plentiful as they are today. I recently picked up Barnum’s Bones in our local library. My daughter would have loved this book when she was into her dinosaur phase. Author Tracey Fern tells the story of Barnum Brown and how he discovered the most famous dinosaur in the world.

Barnum Brown was born in 1873. From the time he could walk, he loved collecting things that his father unearthed as he plowed the farm fields. His collection grew and so did his fascination of dinosaur fossils and bones. While studying paleontology at the University of Kansas, Barnum’s professor invited him to go on a fossil hunt. Barnum had a nose for finding bones. His name came to the attention of a professor at Columbia University who was also an administrator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The professor from Columbia wanted his museum to have the best dinosaur collection in the world. He hired Barnum and sent him to different parts of the United States and South America. Barnum returned with loads of bones, but not that unique one. Undaunted, Barnum continued his quest. With his uncanny sense for finding bones, his persistence, and his knowledge, Barnum’s search proved successful when he found “a perfect, four-foot-long T. rex skull” in the badlands. T. rex was the pride and joy of the American Museum of Natural History. Visitors and scientists came from all over the world to see it and study it. Tracey Fern’s engaging text and Boris Kulikov’s expressive watercolor illustrations done in earth tones make this biography a clever account of dinosaur information and an entertaining read. Dinosaur lovers will want to make this book a keeper.

Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World written by Tracey Fern and illustrated by Boris Kulikov, Margaret Ferguson Books Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012.

 

 

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  1. A girl who loved dinosaurs. Yay!


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