Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Non-Fiction Picture Books Widen Our World

Visit Alyson Beecher on Wednesdays for Non-Fiction Picture Books at Kidlit Frenzy.  Thanks to her hosting and sharing and those who add their posts, you can discover and celebrate terrific nonfiction picture books!  I always learn from these books, am happy that they are more and more available today for children, for everyone!

         I picked this book up at the library because my youngest granddaughter loves dinosaurs. Little did I know how very wonderful it is! 

         Of course, it is a story of discovery, a recent one, and one that is told in the text, with the "real" pictures and explanation of terms and process placed with the story, page by page. The story is of the biggest titanosaur found (later discovered to be a new species of titanosaur as well), hence a huge picture book is needed to include all the information. The comparison given is it was as large as ten 7-ton elephants. 
         Scholastic and the American Museum of Natural History collaborated to create this fabulous new book. It's written by the paleontologists who led the dig and illustrated by Florencia Gigena in beautiful pages, sometimes double-page spreads. The titanosaur's new scientific name, Patagotitan mayorum, includes the name of the country where found, Patagonia, ranch owner on whose land it was found, Mayo. 
        Added back matter includes a glossary and extra information, more photographs from the dig, and an inside jacket poster of the Titanosaur. If studying dinosaurs and paleontology, this will please a wide variety of readers.

a picture of the model created from the bones discovered

comparing the size of only the femur bone with a grown man


  1. Wow, that grown man lying beside the femur bone puts it all in perspective. And as large as ten elephants. That's one gigantic creature!

    1. It's really hard to imagine, isn't it? Thanks, Ramona!

  2. The dinosaur book is FULL of information! I didn't have enough time to read it cover to cover, but what a gorgeous book for kids who love dinos!

    1. Yes, I agree, Michele. It's a book that could start a great study of paleontology, dinosaurs, scientific discovery and more.


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