Synopses & Reviews
This science-as-entertainment book chronicles how a meteorite ended up in the American Museum of Natural History, detailing the steps that brought it from outer space, across the eastern US, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to be verified, tested, and exhibited in the hallowed halls of the AMNH. Hartland describes the space rock's path by showing how it connected to people--e.g., fans at a football game noticed it, the police attributed its crash to vandals, firefighters cooled it off, etc.
"Having previously explained how Egyptian and prehistoric artifacts arrived in museum displays in How the Sphinx Got to the Museum and How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum, Hartland goes for a hat trick. This time, a science teacher traces a meteor's billions of years spent in space before it entered Earth's atmosphere (thereby becoming a meteorite) and eventually landed near Peekskill, N.Y., in 1992. Hartland reprises the cumulative structure of the earlier books; after the meteorite crashes into a red Chevy Malibu, police arrive to investigate the meteorite 'discovered by the teenager, recorded by sports fans, spotted by Virginians, and howled at by the dog as it bolted toward the Earth.' A geologist later confirms the meteorite's legitimacy, and the meteorite comes to find a (partial) home at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (the aforementioned teenager went on to sell slices of the meteorite to other buyers, as well, an afterword notes). Exuberant typography, playful paintings, and accessible prose all help Hartland's account make an impact. Ages 6 9. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
It came from outer space! This science-as-entertainment book chronicles how a meteorite came to the American Museum of Natural History.
It came from outer space and crashed onto bookshelves! This third entry in the award-winning Got to the Museum series traces how a rock broke from its billion-year orbit to fall from space onto the trunk of a teenager's car, then to several natural history museums.
About the Author
Jessie Hartland is an illustrator, cartoonist, artist, packaging and window display designer with an illustrious worldwide clientele. Among her many acclaimed non-fiction picture books are How the Meteorite Got to the Museum's predecessors How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum and How the Sphinx Got to the Museum.