Dinosaur Mountain
by Deborah Kogan Ray

Price at time of review: $16.99
40 pp.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc.
New York, NY
ISBN: 9780374317898

Grade Level: 3-8

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

How does "another dinosaur book" earn a prestigious place as an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2011? By emphasizing the processes of science and integrating history and culture in ways that will fascinate every young reader. Step back 100 years to join Earl Douglass on his Utah quest to find, excavate, and preserve dinosaur bones. 

"The Bone Wars" describe the race by honest and not-so-honest excavators in the 19th century. Very few paleontologists were as careful or as scientific as Earl Douglass. This book is not only great reading for elementary through high school but can be used as a basis for a discussion of the methods of science. A glossary, a bibliography, and diary notes add value to this book.

Review posted on 3/21/2011

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