Fossil by fossil Comparing dinosaur bones

Sara Levine

Book - 2018

This lively picture book will keep young readers guessing as they find out how human skeletons are like and unlike those of dinosaurs!

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Children's Room j567.9/Levine Due Jun 4, 2024
Minneapolis : Millbrook Press [2018]
Main Author
Sara Levine (author)
Other Authors
T. S. Spookytooth (illustrator)
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Booklist Review

In this companion to Bone by Bone (2013) and Tooth by Tooth (2016), young children from diverse cultures walk through a museum and notice how dinosaurs had some of the same bones (now fossils) as humans do today. The real fun, however, comes from the dinosaurs' extra bones. With some of these extra bones attached to them, the children imagine, for instance, What if you had a bony ridge that rose up from the back of your skull and three horns poking up from the front? Turning the page reveals they'd be a triceratops. Digitally enhanced acrylic artwork shows the full skeleton, while a brief description provides basic facts about the dinosaur. The long-necked, long-tailed diplodocus adds a dash of drama, requiring dual gatefolds to contain its length. In addition to the land-dwelling dinosaurs, flying and dolphin-like dinos are included. The book concludes with birds and a short discussion of this type of living dinosaur. A plethora of back matter, including dinosaur groups and a pronunciation guide, completes this engaging dino collection.--Leeper, Angela Copyright 2018 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Horn Book Review

In this amusing and informative science picture book, children visiting a natural history museum compare human and dinosaur skeletons: the similarities, then the unique structures that identify species such as stegosaurus (back plates) and diplodocus (many vertebrae). The children--humorously illustrated with dino features--imagine what it would be like to fly, stomp, and chomp like a dinosaur. Reading list, websites. Glos. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A comparison of select human and dinosaur bones connects readers with some of our more ancient predecessors.Continuing the approach of Bone by Bone (2013) and Tooth by Tooth (2016), Levine points up parallels between fossilized skulls, ribs, toes, and other skeletal features and those of modern readers as well as prehistoric frills, horns, and the like that we don't happen to sport. Some of this she presents as easy posers: what sort of dino would you be if you both had a long neck and "your vertebrae didn't stop at your rear end but kept going and going and going?" Diplodocus, perhaps, or, she properly notes on the ensuing double gatefold, another type of sauropod. What if you had two finger bones per hand rather than five? T. Rex! If your pinky bone grew tremendously long? A pterosaur! Just for fun, in the simple but anatomically careful illustrations, Spookytooth temporarily alters members of a cast of, mostly, brown-skinned young museumgoers (two wearing hijabs) to reflect the exaggerated lengths, sizes, or other adaptations certain bones underwent in dinosaurs and several other types of extinct reptiles. Generous lists of websites and other information sources follow a revelation (that won't come as a surprise to confirmed dino fans) that birds are dinosaurs too.Another "humerus" study in comparative anatomy. (Informational picture book. 6-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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