Academic journal article Science and Children

Dino Treasures

Academic journal article Science and Children

Dino Treasures

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Dino Treasures

By Rhonda Lucas Donald. $9.95.

32 pp. Arbordale Publishing.

Mount Pleasant, SC. 2014. ISBN: 9781628554588.

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Dino Treasures by Rhonda Lucas Donald and illustrated by Cathy Morrison is a companion book for Dino Track, both published by Arbordale Publishing. This book is a jewel for early elementary teachers in grades K-3.

The book begins with a series of dinosaur behaviors and topics, such as nesting or sleeping. Each topic has a corresponding poem explaining the science behind it in simple terms, accompanied by a colorful illustration of that behavior or topic. The illustrations depict fossils and the illustrator's rendition of the dinosaur engaging in the behavior, such as nurturing young in a nest. The text's poems are clearly written: "So what's with all the feathers? Could the dinos fly? Maybe they helped keep a dino warm and dry? Or they might have helped to show off to a mate. That's the way a peacock tries to get a date!" (p. 5). Both the text and illustrations are thoughtfully written and scientifically accurate.

At the end of the story pages is a section titled "For Creative Minds," with a link to Arbordale's website. This section has a quiz and brief paragraphs going a bit deeper into the science or history associated with the fossils mentioned in Dino Treasures. …

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