Barnum's Bones by Tracey Fern

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He has probably made as many children happy as did old P.T. himself.
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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 zany and stunning illustrations by Boris Kulikov, BARNUM'S BONES captures the spirit of this remarkable man.

Barnum's Bones is one The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012.


About Tracey Fern

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Tracey Fern is the author of two other picture books, Buffalo Music and Pippo the Fool, both Junior Library Guild selections. She lives with her family in West Newton, Massachusetts, where she's always on the lookout for unusual rocks. Boris Kulikov has illustrated many other books for children, including Max's Words by Kate Banks. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York, where he has not yet discovered any dinosaur bones.
Published May 28, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 36 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Pamela Paul on May 23 2012

He has probably made as many children happy as did old P.T. himself.

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