AUKS, ROCKS AND THE ODD DINOSAUR: Inside Stories from the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History.

Thomson, Peggy.

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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Written for older children, this book has the stories behind 20 different exhibits in the Smithsonian - ranging from Frank Cushing who 'out-Zunied the Zunis,' the Mexican schoolboys who collected the rocks from the Allende meteorite shower, the Hope Diamond, and more. Illustrated with many photographs. INSCRIBED on the title page by the author 'Auks! Rocks! Welcoming Sarah to a life of adventure' and dated in the year of publication. Index. 120 pages. Near fine in near fine dust jacket (bleeding from the upper edges of the boards to the inside of the dj.). Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Reveals the inner workings of the Museum of Natural History through historical anecdotes and descriptions of how exhibits are researched, prepared, and maintained.

From School Library Journal: Grade 3 Up Ranging in variety and scope from the common house mouse to flesh-eater Antrodemus to the Hope diamond , these vignettes describe the fascinating oddities assembled in the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. Revealed are the difficulties in reconstructing life forms and the remarkable ingenuity employed to create exhibits in a believable and realistic format . Black-and-white photos include several rare finds from the 1880s. These, perhaps, would have more dramatic impact if other, more recent photos were in color. However, this is a minor point given the overall beauty of the book. Paired nicely, illustrations and text complement the overall format. The chapters, varied in length from four to eight pages, will entice younger, less sophisticated readers while supplying sufficient "meat" to satisfy the curiosity of older, more skillful readers. The index contains "see" and "see also" references and includes both general and specific terms and short phrases. Well-written and unique its brevity and variety, this is an engaging book with tantalizing tidbits of information that create an urge for an in-the-flesh look at the museum's artifacts. Charlene J. Lenzen, Hales Corners Lutheran School, Wis.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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