|All about fossils : discovering dinosaurs and other clues to the past (True Book. Digging In Geology)|
Author: Crane, Cody
This book introduces readers to fossils.
School Library Journal (04/01/21)
Booklist (+) (04/01/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2021 Gr 3–5—Each title offers two statements for readers to keep in mind as they explore the book to determine which is true. Along the way are photos of fossil hunters, time lines showing the use of minerals or crystals throughout history, and infographics of all sorts. Readers learn about tectonic plates, the impact of mining for ore, or famous jewels from around the world. "Think like a scientist" encourages readers to use maps, graphs, and charts to answer questions. Back matter offers hands-on activities, such as growing a stalactite or making your own fossils. There is also a final spread of featured facts and a page of "True Statistics." "Tools of the Trade," profiles of individuals from the field, and a Q&A with a NASA geologist add to the appeal. VERDICT An excellent way to update or expand collections and sure to please geology enthusiasts. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2021 *Starred Review* Fossils and prehistoric creatures are a children’s nonfiction mainstay, but this engaging volume with crystal clear writing and thoughtful visual components stands out from the crowd. There’s a lot here—types of fossils, how they’re formed, prehistoric time, the work of paleontology, major fossil discoveries—and it’s exceptionally well organized and complemented by eye-catching illustrations, photos, graphs, and charts. Beyond the usual bones, shells, and traces petrified in sedimentary rock, Crane also discusses organisms preserved in amber, tar, and ice. From there, she explains geologic time and extinction events, the evolution of prehistoric creatures, and paleontologists’ methods for hunting and collecting fossils. A closing spread of a few well-chosen paleontologists (including a woman currently working in the field) is an empowering note to end on. Though the text never goes very deep, Crane offers many juicy tidbits of information sure to pique readers’ interest and inspire further research. Activities, quizzes, and a general breezy and enthusiastic atmosphere make this installment in the A True Book: Digging in Geology series (4 titles) an excellent choice for nonfiction collections. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.