Synopses & Reviews
No human being has ever seen a triceratops or velociraptor or even the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex.
They left behind only their impressive bones. So how can scientists know what color dinosaurs were? Or if their flesh was scaly or feathered? Could that fierce T.rex
have been born with spots?
In a first for young readers, the Sibert medalist Catherine Thimmesh introduces the incredible talents of the paleoartist, whose work reanimates gone-but-never-forgotten dinosaurs in giant full-color paintings that are as strikingly beautiful as they aim to be scientifically accurate, down to the smallest detail. Follow a paleoartist through the scientific process of ascertaining the appearance of various dinosaurs from millions of years ago to learn how science, art, and imagination combine to bring us face-to-face with the past.
Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From
An SLJ Best Book of 2009
A Kirkus Children's Book of 2009
San Francisco Chronicle Best Book
An Outstanding Science Trade Book
AAA/Subaru SB&F Finalist
"An exceptionally accessible introduction to the mystery of human origins." -- Kirkus, starred review
"A first purchase." -- SLJ, starred review
"With unexpected simplicity and even poetry, Thimmesh uses two beginnings to tell the story of the hominid who changed human's family tree." -- Booklist starred review Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 On the Moon
Winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
2007 AAAs/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
An NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor book
A Golden Kite Honor
2007 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
2007 ALA Notable Children's book
"This beautiful and well-documented tribute will introduce a new generation to that triumphant time." --Kirkus starred review Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (And Evolving) Story of Women in Politics
A NYTBR Notable Book for 2004
"Delightful and informative in equal parts, Thimmesh's collective biography profiles women who took up the fight for women's political rights." --Booklist starred review
"A spectacular mix of entertainment, information, and inspiration." --Kirkus starred review The Sky's the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls
An Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children
Winner of the Minnesota Book Award
"Thimmesh makes a convincing case for the idea that the thrill of discovery is a feeling anyone can have." --Kirkus, starred review Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
Winner of IRA Children's Book Award
"An outstanding collective biography." --School Library Journal
"Thimmesh uses a simple rhyming text and stellar color photos to celebrate unusual friendships...The photos radiate trust and warmth, and the text is soothing and reassuring."—School Library Journal
"Required reading for serious dinophiles."
"Readers will come away from this excellent book with a new appreciation for dinosaur imagery and for the talented paleoartists who produce it."
and#8212;The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
"A stellar look at the methods paleoartists employ to bring dinosaurs to life on paper. . . . A terrific package that will draw in browsers and serve report writers while inspiring young artists to consider applying their skills to this enthralling field."
and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review
"Thimmesh raises good questions, find some intriguing answers, and leaves others for readers to ponder."
"This is the kind of information that can lure in readers beyond the usual dino hounds, so casual museumgoers with kids with an interest in forensic reconstructions whould find the topic of interest too."
and#8212;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"These fascinating stories from the natural world will easily interest young people, many of whom will want to move on from the appended notes about each featured critter to more in-depth titles that further explain the mysteries of animal symbiosis."and#8212;Booklist, starred review
"Jenkins's trademark collage illustrations continue to impress with their vibrant and stunning manipulation of cut and torn paper. The book is formatted in a block, comic-book style and is written at a level that is accessible to young browsers yet suitable for older researchers. Supplementary information about the size, habitat, and diet of each animal is included in the back matter. This title is another outstanding offering from this extraordinarily talented, wonderfully symbiotic couple."and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review"Who better than a husband and wife team to spotlight intriguing partnerships in nature...Closeups, aerial views, and vignettes of animals realistically rendered in Jenkins's trademark collage have a cinematic quality. An author note about the different types of symbiotic relationships, as well as appended pages detailing each animal's size, habitat, and diet, reinforce the book's value as a scientific introduction to the topic."and#8212;Publishers Weekly
What makes a camel friends with a Vietnamese pig? Or a wild polar bear pals with a sled dog? In this young preschool book, Catherine Thimmesh makes us wonder at the truth and mystery of unlikely animal friendships. Because the stories behind these friendships are true, not contrived, captured by photographers in many countries ranging from Siberia to Japan, they not only give readers insight into animals but challenge preconceived notions about compatibility. This book also expresses tolerance of differences and makes us look at the kindness of animalsand#8212;and humansand#8212;a little differently.
A moving true story from the author of The Librarian of Basra
Set during the devastating tsunami of 2004, MAMA
is the touching true story of a baby hippo that was separated from his mother when the wave hit. After struggling alone for several days, the baby was rescued by Kenyan wildlife officers and brought to live in an animal refuge. There, all by himself, he adopted a new "mother"--that just happened to be a 130-year-old giant male tortoise. And they've been inseparable ever since.
Although MAMA takes place against the backdrop of a terrible human tragedy, at the heart of this story is a moving and original tale of adoption--and of finding love and companionship in the least likely of circumstances.
Includes an author's note.
What makes a camel friends with a Vietnamese pig? Or a wild polar bear with a sled dog? In a young preschool book, Catherine Thimmesh makes us wonder at the truth and mystery of unlikely animal friendships. Because the stories behind these friendships are true, not contrived, they not only give readers insight into animals, but challenge preconceived notions about compatability. Without becoming didactic or laden with message, this book expresses tolerance of differences and makes us look the kindness of animals -- and humans -- a little differently.
Because they were there at just the right time, photographers in Siberia, India, Africa, the U.S., China, England, Germany and Japan were able to capture the truth and mystery of these existing friendships.
Sibert medalist Catherine Thimmesh unravels the mystery of how we bring to life a creature that no one has ever seen before. Strikingly illustrated with full-color images of some of the most beautiful and accurate dinosaur art available.
The Caldecott honor-winning team of Steve Jenkins and Robin Page draw inspiration from graphic novels to bringand#160;symbiosis to life in this stunning nonfiction picture book.
andlt;STARandgt;"Another outstanding offering from this extraordinarily talented couple." and#8212;School Library Journal
, starred review and#160; How to Clean a Hippopotamus,
a book about animal symbiosis, offers readers a close-up, step-by-step view of natureand#8217;s fascinating partnerships. Find out why a mongoose comes running when a warthog lies down, how a crab and an iguana help each other out, why ravens follow wolves, and more. Witness the ingenious lifestyles of some of the worldand#8217;s most unusual animal partners in this book of curious biology, a symbiotic collaboration by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.
About the Author
Robin Page lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and collaborator, Steve Jenkins, and their three children. Along with writing and illustrating childrenand#8217;s books, Steve and Robin run a graphic design studio.
Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.