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Baby Paleontologist

Written by Dr. Laura Gehl & illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
Published by HarperFestival
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Goodreads Rating - 3.7 / 5.0
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“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.

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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!

What Kind of Book is Baby Paleontologist

Quotes from This Book

  • “Every fossil tells a story.”
  • “Baby Paleontologist puts the bones together just like a puzzle.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • 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?

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Book Topics › explorers
Children's Books About Explorers
Book Topics › science
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Book Topics › babies
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Who Wrote Baby Paleontologist

Dr. Laura Gehl

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.

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Who Illustrated Baby Paleontologist

Daniel Wiseman

Daniel Wiseman likes to draw. A lot. He likes it so much, he’s made a career out of it. Usually he draws animals wearing clothes, or kids enjoying a good dance party. However, when prodded, he’s been known to draw pretty much anything else. Daniel currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his beautiful wife and his equally beautiful son. When he isn’t drawing, he can usually be found doing one of these great things: perfecting his biscuit recipe, hiking up a mountain in some faraway location, singing loudly in his car, riding his bike on the mean streets of STL, or napping.

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Publication Date:
February 4, 2020

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