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Bones, bones, dinosaur bones
Barton, Byron.
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Publication Information:
[New York, N.Y.] : HarperCollins Publishers, [1995?]

Physical Description:
29 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm
A cast of characters looks for, finds, and assembles some dinosaur bones.
General Note:
Originally published: New York : T.Y. Crowell, c1990.

Ages 3-6.
Reading Level:
290 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.4 1 Quiz: 14290 Guided reading level: E.

Format :


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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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"Barton takes readers on a quest for dinosaur bones. After the bones are wrapped, loaded, and trucked to a museum, the scientists study, clean, and reassemble them into a towering tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Barton scores high marks in all categories accuracy, simplicity, appropriateness, appeal for the intended audience, and timeliness." H.

1991 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 1990 (NSTA/CBC)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. In Barton's signature style, chunkily drawn paleontologists lumber onto the pages and begin searching for dinosaur bones. They find them, dig them up, wrap and pack them, and finally reconstruct a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in this telescopic look at a dinosaur dig. As inviting as a newly opened box of crayons, the artwork's sparkling bright colors are irresistible; together with the highly simplified descriptions of the work, they offer youngsters an appealing first look at paleontological investigation. ~--Ellen Mandel

Publisher's Weekly Review

Once again, the author of Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs ; Trucks ; Boats and other picture books proves himself a master of simplicity. Here, a spare, rhythmic text (``Bones. Bones. We look for bones.'') and vibrant, childlike pictures focus on six young paleontologists at work. They diligently dig up the dinosaur bones, wrap and pack them, load them on trucks and bring them to the natural history museum. There the bones are dusted off, and the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex is reassembled, bone by bone. Finally, the painstaking job is completed, and the six workers set out in search of more bones. Barton makes a complex procedure easily comprehensible to the very youngest readers--and listeners. Children who have looked at dinosaur skeletons in museums and asked ``How did it get here?'' now have a concise, entertaining answer. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

As in I Want to Be an Astronaut (Crowell, 1988), Barton takes a complex profession and makes it comprehensible to the very young. This time he captures the essence of the paleontologist's work: ``Bones. Bones. We look for bones,'' and ``We look for the bones of dinosaurs.'' Six stoic scientists of both genders and varied race are depicted digging, wrapping, packing, loading , and assembling their finds. The illustrations are painted in bold primary colors on green, blue, and yellow backdrops; don't let children miss out on the last spread, in which nine dinosaurs are found, with labels that include pronunciations. A fine companion volume to Barton's Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs (Crowell, 1989). --Denia Lewis Hester, Dewey School, Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.