Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World

Barnum s Bones How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World Barnum Brown s parents named him after the circus icon P T Barnum hoping that he would do something extraordinary and he did As a paleonotologist for the American Museum of Natural History

  • Title: Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World
  • Author: Tracey E. Fern Boris Kulikov
  • ISBN: 9780374305161
  • Page: 403
  • Format: None
  • Barnum Brown s 1873 1963 parents named him after the circus icon P.T Barnum, hoping that he would do something extraordinary and he did As a paleonotologist for the American Museum of Natural History, he discovered the first documented skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as most of the other dinosaurs on display there today.An appealing and fun picture book bioBarnum Brown s 1873 1963 parents named him after the circus icon P.T Barnum, hoping that he would do something extraordinary and he did As a paleonotologist for the American Museum of Natural History, he discovered the first documented skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as most of the other dinosaurs on display there today.An appealing and fun picture book biography, with zany and stunning illustrations by Boris Kulikov, BARNUM S BONES captures the spirit of this remarkable man.

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    1. Barnum's Bones was a really neat story of a historical figure I'd never heard of before. Since my five-year-old is a dinosaur enthusiast, we both enjoyed this story about the man who discovered the first documented Tyrannosaurus skeleton.Barnum Brown seems an almost larger-than-life figure as his obsession with fossils compels him to attend school, become a paleontologist, and spend his life searching all over the world for as many fossils as he can "sniff out." But what he really wants is to di [...]

    2. Barnum's Bones is a Realistic Fiction book about a man named Barnum who became infatuated with fossils at a young age. We follow Barnum through his life where he travels the world searching for bones of dinosaurs. He becomes really close with a professor and works to put the bone fragments together for museum displays. Barnum shows drive and perseverance by continuing to push forward and work day in and day out to put together the pieces of many dinosaurs. At one point, he is in competition with [...]

    3. Barnum Brown was named after the famous circus owner P.T. Barnum, and his favorite objects to collect were fossils. Apparently, he found more fossils and dinosaur bones than anyone else in the late 19th century, and he was hired by Henry Fairfield Osborn to find them for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Most of the book deals with the plentiful and unique finds he made throughout his life, some of which you can still see today if you go to the museum. A note at the end of [...]

    4. My 2nd grade daughter and I have read a ridiculous amount of illustrated biographies this year, and this is absolutely the best one we've found. I will confess, I'd never even heard of Barnum Brown before this read, and now I feel that I know him, and I wouldn't object to knowing him better through an adult version of his biography.I'm not just recommending this for kids who are "dinosaur lovers." Not one member of my family is particularly interested in old bones, but the writing and the illust [...]

    5. 4.1 starsKids will probably really like reading this short, easy book about dinosaur bones. I got the title from a list of best nonfiction for kids. Born in 1873, Barnum Brown was named after the famous circus person. As a boy in Kansas, he loved to search through plowed fields looking for small fossils. He grew up to be the most prolific fossil hunter in history. He discovered, dug up, and re-assembled the first Tyrannosaurus rex.

    6. When I first picked this book up I thought it was going to be about P.T. Barnum (I didn't read the subtitle) but it turns out it’s about Barnum Brown who discovered T. Rex and many more dinosaur bones. I had never heard of him before and found this fascinating. The story is brought to life by the illustrations of Boris Kulikov, who is one of my favorite children's book illustrators. Well done!

    7. I loved learning about the discovery of dinosaur bones. I learned something new. However the ready was difficult and would have to be a read aloud for elementary. Also there were parts that were hard to follow at times. I do love the true factor about this story. very inspiring.Grade level: 3-5Genre: Biography

    8. Barnum's Bones has the potential to impact a students choice in their career path as it shows how an interest can turn into a lifelong career. The graphics in the story were very life like and very detailed. I think it is a good non fiction book about a part of the past that many people like to argue did not happen. It has a good message behind it stating that as long as you have an idea and a good mind set anything is possible. The text in the book is long which could be hard for younger studen [...]

    9. I think that most little boys like dinosaurs because it sparks that wonder and adventure within them. This book takes them on an adventure of discovery and world wonder.

    10. Like many youngsters, I adore nonfiction books about individuals who were rather quirky and carved their own unique paths through life. In this picture book biography, the author tells the fascinating story of Barnum Brown who was a fossil hunter. Not only did the scientist have an unusual name, but he was fascinated with the fossils he found near his home, and not surprisingly, grew up to collect dinosaur bones for the American Museum of Natural History. Readers will enjoy the fact that he some [...]

    11. This book was the most uncommon nonfiction book I have ever read. Your first instinct when looking at the book is that it is a fiction book. Their is no table of contents, highlighted text, or even little captions with facts in them. It looks like a typical story book with large illustrations with small text in certain corners of the page, but once you start to read it you realize it is a biography about Braburn Brown. The text contains many facts about Brown's life right from the start. The fir [...]

    12. The illustrations and story of P.T. Barnum from his youth are brought alive to the reader. Barnum started collecting fossils, bones etc. when he was young. He continued this hobby through his life and traveled the world in the search for the oldest and biggest dinosaur. He spent a lot of time searching in South Dakota and Wyoming for his dinosaur. When Professor Osborn wanted dinosaur bones for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Barnum found within one year four and a half [...]

    13. Grade/interest level: 3-7th gradeLexile level: 1010LGenre: Biography, nonfictionMain Characters: Barnum BrownSetting: various places in the world where Barnum dug for bonesPOV: 3rd personThis biographical book is about the paleontologist Barnum Brown. Barnum was born in 1873. He was strange from the start, collecting fossils and filling up his bedroom from the time he was a toddler. When he was old enough, he studied paleontology at university. He went on many expeditions, uncovering dinosaur bo [...]

    14. Beautifully illustrated non-fiction that tells the tale of a young paleontologist's journey as he follows his fascination with fossils.Named for the circus Barnum, this interesting man sometimes searched in full dress coat and bowler hat, while trying to fulfill his dream of finding a new species.This story is a great read aloud, because although he seemed to be charmed with finding "bones" his path was not an easy one. He met with hardships. yet kept on pursuing his dream.Be sure to read the Au [...]

    15. Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the Worldby Tracey FernFile Size: 10701 KBPrint Length: 36 pagesPublisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 28, 2013)Sold by: MacmillanLanguage: EnglishASIN: B00CQY7QK0This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read: mrtierneyslibraryBarnum's Bones tells the story of Barnum Brown, the paleontologist who discovered the first fossil of a T Rex. Barnum was very interested in the dinosaur bones that were being discovered in h [...]

    16. Barnum Brown was always destined for something great. His parents named him after the great P.T. Barnum, but Barnum's life was not to be in the circus. His love was fossils. He spent all his time as a child gathering fossils and he continued his quest as an adult. He was recruited by the American Museum of Natural History to bring dinosaur fossils to the museum. And bring them he did. When he started they did not have any dinosaur bones and when he died the museum had the largest collection in t [...]

    17. Barnum Brown was fascinated with fossils from the time he was a toddler following behind his father’s plow. His collection got so large, it outgrew his bedroom and he was forced to move out to the laundry house with his finds. In college, Barnum got to go on digs in the summers of 1894 and 1895 in South Dakota and Wyoming. Barnum got a reputation for being a great bone hunter, collecting more than 1400 pounds of bones! The American Museum of Natural History in New York City didn’t have a din [...]

    18. Barnums Bones is a non-fiction story about a man named Barnum Brown who spent his life searching for bones and discovering new dinosaurs. Barnum made huge strides as a paleontologist. Barnum was the first person to discover the bones of a T-Rex dinosaur. This would be a great book to introduce students to non-fiction. Many times students turn away from non-fiction because they have not been exposed to interesting, and fun non-fiction stories. This book would also be great to use for a whole clas [...]

    19. Kulikov's illustrations show a cinematic talent for laying out the scenes using techniques like the odd camera angle and the montage. Visually this book is very interesting because of the variety of work he does with these techniques page to page. Fern's story is engaging. She tells in her end notes which elements she had to fictionalize, and which came from sources. Between Fern, her editors, and the designer, they decided to put the outside sources on the very end sheet, pasted to the cover bo [...]

    20. Barnum Brown, an somewhat eccentric fossil hunter, led many fossil expeditions in the early 1900's. He sent his collections to the American Museum of Natural History, though he become more and more focused on finding a new species. Finally, he discovered the first Tyrannosaurus Rex, which he followed with a discovery of a nearly complete specimen.I didn't love the style of this book. The language and narrative were fairly simple but the text itself was pretty long. It would make a great read alo [...]

    21. What a marvelous cover Boris Kulikov has created for this book! A gaping Tyrannosaurus jaw, with a small, bowler-hatted man inside it, chipping out the gargantuan skull. And Kulikov's page illustrations are no less fascinating. His picture of a completed T. rex skeleton is luminous with the light shining in the museum windows behind it. The pictures are the true pleasure of the book, and every young dinosaur lover will pore over them.The text, on the other hand, is dry even in the few high point [...]

    22. Such a cool story!It's amazing to think that these skeletons were only discovered 100 or so years agonce I just remember seeing them at museums when I was a kid.I LOVED this story.Even though it concentrated more on Barnum Brown's life as an adult, the scenes where he was a child were very telling and easy to relate to. I could just picture his room full of shells and objects he would find.The illustrations are great, the pacing is awesome, and I loved learning more in the author note.A really f [...]

    23. I shared this with a second grade class as part of a local Read Across America celebration this morning. It was a big hit. The illustrations are eye catching and, though the story is a little wordy for second graders, held their attention. It tells the tale of Barnum Brown, his life as a paleontologist and his discovery of the first T-rex fossils. Children still love dinosaurs as much as they did when I was a kid. This book is an excellent addition to any library's dinosaur selections. Though I [...]

    24. 2013-2014 BBLThe exciting and unusual story of how Barnum Brown uncovered the bones of the Tyrannosaurus rex. Barnum Brown's (1873-1963) parents named him after the circus icon P.T. Barnum, hoping that he would do something extraordinary--and he did! As a paleontologist for the American Museum of Natural History, he discovered the first documented skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as most of the other dinosaurs on display there today. An appealing and fun picture book biography, with za [...]

    25. I realize that picture book biographies are constrained by a certain number of pages, but I feel like this one was very uneven in terms of summarizing swathes of time (journey and shipwreck) v. including little details (picking up some leaves). As I read, I had questions that I wish had been answered in an author's note:- When did people start studying fossils?- Where were the first dinosaur bones discovered?- Why was natural history such a big deal at this time in history?- Why did it take seve [...]

    26. A fascinating picture book biography about Barnum Brown, the man who unearthed the first Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Brown was a quirky boy and grew into a quirky man and the illustrations do a great job of showcasing this incredible man and adding interest and excitement to this topic. The use of white space in the artwork is amazing. I especially loved the two page spread in which the text is framed in a white space shaped like a Triceratops. An author’s note that provides some additional in [...]

    27. I did not know of this story or this person before. In fact, I've never really thought about the beginnings of dinosaur bone discovery. It must have been much more challenging then and it was interesting to see a bit of that reflected in the book. I think my favorite part were the illustrations, especially how the dinosaur bones were "fit" to the different modes of transportation. Kids should enjoy this in a read-alone, or a lap-read. School-age will be interested, as well as dino-lovers. A bit [...]

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