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Prince Rupert Library J 930 DUKE (Text) 33294000980474 Juvenile Non-Fiction Volume hold Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780060270568
  • ISBN: 006027056X
  • Physical Description: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 27 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1997.
Subject: Archaeology > Juvenile literature.
Topic Heading: Archaeology Juvenile literature.

  • Horn Book Guide Reviews : Horn Book Guide Reviews 1997
    Accompanied by cartoonlike illustrations and humorous speech balloons, the text follows a group of kids who accompany an archaeologist on a dig. The discussion of what these scientists do is fairly in-depth but clearly described (though an explanation of carbon-dating is oversimplified and misleading). A few more warnings about not trying certain things at home (such as making a sharp archaic awl) would have been helpful. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews
  • Kirkus Reviews : Kirkus Reviews 1996 December
    0-06-044517-5 0-06-027057-8 ~ Readers will feel as if they're taking an active part in an archaeological dig in this informative entry in the Let's-Read-and- Find-Out Science series, reminiscent of Aliki's Digging for Dinosaurs and entries in the Magic School Bus series. Student volunteers accompany Sophie, the archaeologist, to an unnamed dig in a cornfield, where remains of people from the Archaic Era are being uncovered. Scientific information is spelled out in a straightforward text, defining terms--artifact, midden, and feature--as well as processes, e.g., wet-screening dirt. Dialogue balloons show the students' questions and reactions to their discoveries, while a pet beagle's comments provide comic relief. Inserts complement the text by highlighting comparisons between past and present, how tools were made, and what a basket of modern garbage can reveal. The need for meticulous record-keeping and expert analysis is also included: There is a behind-the-scenes look at a lab plus a complete picture of field work, including the long hours, hot sun, and tedious sifting of dirt. With her inviting approach to a complex process, Duke (Aunt Isabel Makes Trouble, p. 1398, etc.) ensures that this eye-opening field trip will inspire dirt diggers and treasure-seekers everywhere. (Picture book. 5-9) Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 1997 February
    Gr 1-4?This book has the appealing layout and tone of the successful "Magic School Bus" series (Scholastic), while still being firmly grounded in reality. Three children, a dog, and a cat accompany their archaeologist friend Sophie on a dig. The woman explains the scientific process, exuding enthusiasm for her chosen career. The inquisitive children, always referred to collectively, ask realistic questions in often humorous dialogue. Discussions regarding ancient and modern garbage are particularly amusing. Another nice touch is the discovery of animal bones, which are later reconstructed in a laboratory. The way of life practiced in the Archaic Era of 6,000 years ago is described via archaeological finds such as an awl and a stone knife. Students will find this lively book more fun than photographic treatments such as Dennis Fradin's Archaeology (Children's Press, 1983). Upbeat, conversational text, fact-filled sidebars, speech bubbles, and instructive illustrations provide a delightful cornucopia of information that students will return to again and again.?Jackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA

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