If You Were Raised by a Dinosaur
Isabella Brooklyn, author
Isabella Brooklyn has loved dinosaurs since her first visit to the American Museum of Natural History. She spent many summers digging for dinosaur bones and settling for bottle caps, pennies, and once, a dead mouse. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her three children.
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Haude Levesque, Ph.D., illustrator
Haude Levesque hails from the Atlantic coast of France, where she studied biology as an undergraduate student. She then moved to Canada to complete her graduate studies, specializing in fish physiology. Upon completion of her PhD, she moved to the United States to research fish behavior. Scientific illustration allows her to combine her two passions: animal behavior and drawing.
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If you're looking for something for older readers, this is a good resource, and it's written and illustrated by people steeped in science. The first chapter introduces the science of paleontology and some insight into how scientists determine whether a dinosaur walked on two feet or four.
Chapter two poses a question: What came first, the dino or the egg? Of all the things scientists know, or surmise about dinosaurs, the one fact they all agree on is that dinosaurs hatched from eggs. And those eggs came in a range of sizes and shapes; some were a foot long and 10 inches wide, others only an inch long. The next chapter asks whether dinosaurs were good parents. Some dinos protected their young from predators; some brought food back to the next for their hatchlings. Parental care in dinosaurs is a hot topic these days, as scientists uncover evidence that babies had no teeth – so someone had to feed them. And massopondylus babies started out walking on four legs before they eventually learned to walk on two.
One chapter focuses on T. rex, comparing skeletons of youngsters against adults. Turns out humans share some similarities with this dinosaur: both species take about the same amount of time to mature from juveniles to adults, and hit a growth spurt near 12 years of age. The book ends with a chapter about the future of paleontology, a pronunciation guide, and a useful index.
OMB (Oh My Books)
If You Were Raised By A Dinosaur takes readers back to the time when big and small dinosaurs roamed Earth. The book mixes imagination and real knowledge gained through scientific research. What's fun is the book talks about parenting in a way human children will understand.
The chapters include:
If You Were Raised by a Dinosaur?
What Came First, the Dino or the Egg? Were Dinosaurs Good Parents?
The Case of the Lizard King
The Future of Studying the Past
Readers are taken on a journey through science that moves beyond dinosaurs to tidbits like different minerals are found in different bodies of water, allowing scientists to identify where a fossil originated. On another page, the scientific formula used to determine the a dinosaur's size. It might seem like a complicated formula, but the book explains the formula in a way that readers will find interesting.
According to the Charlesbridge website "Every boy and girl dreams of seeing a dinosaur…but what about BEING one? Maybe a baby with Tyrannosaurus Rex as a mom? Or a gentler giant who preferred munching leaves? With lots of fascinating facts and striking illustrations that recreate a lost world millions of years old, Isabella Brooklyn and Haude Levesque guide young readers into the prehistoric era to find out. Because scientists never had the chance to study a live dinosaur in its natural environment, they can't know for sure what kind of parents dinosaurs were, or exactly how they raised their young. But by following the clues they dig up, and using the latest in medical technology, paleontologists can make educated guesses, and offer an exciting glimpse into what it might have been like to be a dinosaur child. Kids will meet dinosaurs of every type, from theropods and sauropodomorphs with their grasping, asymmetrical fingers to "good mother" Maiasaurus and Psittacosaurus babies who had "nannies"—adults that raised all the children in the group."
Author Isabella Brooklyn wrote a book that answers all these questions and more, even when the answers are more fiction than fact. What's great about the theoretical parts of the book is that Brooklyn bases it on science. The problem, as she writes, is that scientists have never been able to observe a dinosaur family so they have to put together ideas using information they know or can theorize.
Illustrator Haude Levesque is a PhD scientific researcher. The book jacket says, "Scientific illustration allows her to combine her two passions: animal behavior and drawing. Her illustrations bring the scientific theories to life with joyful results. –Shari Schmidt
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Written for kids age 7 to 10 years old, If You Were Raised by a Dinosaur is a great book for dinosaur lovers. My daughter has always been fascinated by dinosaurs. Over the years she has acquired many book on the topic. However, due to her age, most of the books were simply children's stories with dinosaur characters. We are fans of this book because it offers scientific explanations about the habitats for different dinosaurs. Children could also learn interesting facts such as why sizes matter for dinosaurs or why finding dinosaur eggs is important for scientific research. DD is in the second grade and could read this book with very little assistance. She finds the book interesting and enjoys reading it a great deal. As such, I would recommend it to children who love learning about dinosaurs as much as my daughter does.
Page count: 80
9 x 10