“A paleontologist primer best suited for the most passionate dinosaur lovers.”
This board book primer introduces young readers to the field of paleontology, which young dino enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn involves dinosaur bones. The primer covers what fossils are, what paleontologists can learn from fossils, what tools a paleontologist might use, and the variety of places a paleontologist might explore for fossils. While the text is very basic, the transitions are noticeably disjointed, making the book feel abrupt and hard to follow. One page shows a mammoth and ancient bird and states “These animals lived on Earth a long time ago. Fossils help us imagine their lives.” On the next page, readers see Baby fishing in a river, and the text states, “Baby likes to fish.” While the point is to transition to river fossils—and the page depicting the same is fun with Baby swimming with snorkel and fins—the transition is awkward and confusing. The ending is similarly confusing, suggesting that perhaps all of Baby’s adventures have merely been the result of a wonderful story time session with his grandpa. Clever, for sure, but also unnecessary and a little deflating to the young reader who sees him or herself as a true dinosaur bone explorer by the end of the story. This story is best suited for the very passionate dino lover.
Baby Scientist is an adorable board book series that brings fun, accessible science concepts to baby’s world using simple language, recognizable settings, and vibrant art. Read them all with your baby scientist!
Baby Paleontologist digs for fossils. With his pickax and brush, he discovers plants and animals that lived long, long ago.
What stories do fossils tell?
What did dinosaurs look like?
Find out with Baby Paleontologist!
Don’t miss the other books in this series, including Baby Oceanographer, Baby Astronaut, and Baby Botanist!
Baby Paleontologist learns that putting a dinosaur’s bones back together is a lot like doing a puzzle. Maybe you can help your young reader pretend to be a paleontologist next time she does a puzzle.
Paleontologists use certain tools when doing their work. What tools does your young reader like to use to accomplish certain tasks?
Dr. Laura Gehl holds a BA in psychology from Yale University and a PhD in neuroscience from Georgetown. She has nearly twenty years of experience teaching and writing about science for elementary, middle, and high school students. Dr. Gehl’s debut picture book, One Big Pair of Underwear, was the inaugural winner of the CBC/MSRI Mathical Prize, a Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title, and a Booklist Best Books for Youth Editors’ Pick. Dr. Gehl frequently speaks at schools, bringing science into many of her presentations. She lives in Maryland.