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If You Are a Hunter of Fossils
Millions of years have passed since the desert was ocean, but the fossils still tell its story. And if you are lucky enough to find one, the ancient past can come back to flood your imagination. Byrd Baylor's eloquent prose-poem is complemented by Peter Parnall's vivid illustrations in a book that is itself a lasting treasure. ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 1st 1984 by Aladdin Paperbacks
(first published July 1st 1980)
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Not my favorite by this team, but of course still wonderful. The verse isn't quite as poetic, the appeal is stronger for hunters of fossils & less universal, and some of the pictures seem a little, I dunno, inside-out or something. However, perfect for many curricular applications, and a must read for fans of Baylor & Parnall. ...more
Zowie. I've had this book in my tote bag for no fewer than three months, and I'd never opened it because I thought it would be a boring, outdated, limited-color look at fossil hunting. (And I'm a dinosaur-lover, so you'd think I'd be particularly kind towards a book like this.) Nope. So wrong. Still timely, still lovely. I absolutely plan to use this book during my rocks and minerals unit, and I might even plan a National Board lesson around it. ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Jayetta Carter-mcfarlin rated it liked it
This picture book is written in poetry format, describing the adventures of a hunter of fossils. Information about fossls, such as trilobites that lives five hundred years agao, dinosaur tracts, and seed ferns are explored. Manyk places are named, such as the rhioceros bone found in the hills of Nebraska, or the sponges in the rocks of an Iowa farm. I would use this book to blend a literacy and science lesson in grades 3 - 5. The science content will lead to a lesson to meet GPS standards S3E1 a ...more
Mar 02, 2012 Alexis Levine rated it really liked it
If You Are a Hunter of Fossils is a book about environments a fossil hunter person would go to in search of fossils and what are characteristics of different fossils. THis book is written like a poem and could be used for literacy or science for those reasons for children in grades 2nd-5th when discussing fossils and classification.
Byrd Baylor has always lived in the Southwest, mainly in Southern Arizona near the Mexican border. She is at home with the southwestern desert cliffs and mesas, rocks and open skies. She is comforted by desert storms. The Tohono O’odham people, previously known as the Papagos, are her neighbors and close friends. She has focused many of her writings on the region’s landscape, peoples, and values. ...more