The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley. il Brian Selznick.
Scholastic Press: NY, 2001.
Caldecott Honor 2002

Through the prose and images, the reader is drawn into the setting: England in the 1850s. In 1853, with the help of a scientist, Waterhouse Hawkins builds the first models of dinosaurs to be displayed on the grounds of the Crystal Palace science museum. To impress the scientific community he planned a dinner party to present his creations.

The illustrations in this book are amazing, and it is an interesting story that most people wouldn't already know. There are also great notes at the end regarding the dinosaurs, Waterhouse Hawkins, Boss Tweed, the Crystal Palace, and the experiences of Barbara Kerley and Brian Selznick in recreating Hawkins's story.
RL=3rd-5th, read aloud with PreK-2nd

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