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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Kerley Narrator: Jonathan Pryce Publisher: Weston Woods Studios Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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There was a time when few knew what dinosaurs looked like. This is the story of how Waterhouse Hawkins built the first life-sized dinosaur models and stunned the world with his awe-inspiring creations.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 2/19/2014

    " Fascinating account of the owrk of Waterhouse Hawkins, an artist who created the 1st lifesize models of dinosaurs. Caldecott Honor Award-winning illustrations are amazingly detailed and bring the story to life. Children will be thrilled with the dinner party in the dinosaur model! Best for mid-age elementary due to solid amount of text. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brindi | 2/8/2014

    " 2002 Caldecott Honor "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 2/8/2014

    " This is an excellent book to read for anyone who possesses a fascination with dinosaurs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Nagel | 2/3/2014

    " A great story that I think many are not familiar with. Beautifully illustrated by Selznick, and about a topic kids can't hear enough about, dinosaurs! I also liked the connection made between education and art, as well as the depiction of someone with a passion for their work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 1/29/2014

    " Beautifully illustrated story of a Victorian artist who sculpted life-size dinosaurs with panache. Very interesting. Would recommend it any budding dinosaur enthusiast. A good tale of never giving up on your dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 (NS) Amie | 1/28/2014

    " This true story is about Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins' life. The story takes place in three different ages. The first age, London, shows how Waterhouse grew up drawing, painting and sculpting models of animals. He became fascinated with dinosaurs and wanted to make models of them. This is a big deal because even though fossils had been found years before, nobody really knew what dinosaurs looked like with muscles and skin. With some help from a scientist, Richard Owen, Waterhouse made life-size models of a number of dinosaurs. His models were displayed in the Crystal Palace at Sydenham Park so all people could see what dinnosaurs really looked like. In the second stage, waterhouse goes to America where he built the first model of a complete dinosaur skeleton. Plans were made to build a Paleozoic museum where he would house his new life-size models. A corrupt politician, Boss Tweed, thought this was a waste of money and stopped the project. After Waterhouse spoke out against Tweed, one night all of his dinosaurs were smashed to pieces and dumped in Central Park, where they still are today. Waterhous Hawkins was sad, but not defeated. He stayed in America and continued his work. The story ends in the third stage, home again in London. In his later years, new evidence showed that many of his dinosaurs he made were not completely accurate, but that didn't take away from the fact that Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins' models are what truly got people interested in the study of dinosaurs to begin with. This picture book has a richness about it. From the thick, glossy pages to the romantic realism in the illustrations, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins is very inviting. While filled to the brim with scientific and historic information, Barbara Kerley's writing is not dull, but an exciting adventure. Brian Selznick's paintings come to life, filling every inch of each oversized page. The only page that lacks color and warmth is the one with a small portrait Boss Tweed, who almost looks like a zombie. As a reader you know, just by looking at the picture and the fact that there is no other illustration on this page, that this is a bad man. The mood changes after this page, and the colors become dark and foreboding. Only when the color becomes bright again, do we know that Waterhouse has let go of the past and is ready to move on. Grades 4-8. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 UConnCo-op | 1/26/2014

    " This is such an awesome historical children's book about famous paleontologist Benjamin "Waterhouse" Hawkins. It's an inspiring story with great illustrations. -Bonnie- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/24/2014

    " This picture book is based on a real person and true events that took place in his life. Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins is known mostly for his sculptures of the Iguanadon, one of the first dinosaurs discovered in England. These sculptures are still on display in South London. He thought there was an invaluable link between art and science. He sculpted and built models in England and then was asked to do the same in America- but something happens. . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Panganiban | 1/24/2014

    " This was a great book about Waterhouse Hawkins. It shows that nonfiction books can be fun and interesting to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Bloom | 1/7/2014

    " Brian Selznick is pretty amazing; I had never read this book before now. I really want to go to London to see Crystal Palace Park - I only need to find funding to get me there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 12/25/2013

    " This is a wonderful book about the life of Waterhouse Hawkins, the man who created the first life-size models of dinosaurs. This lesser-known story is fascinating for children of all ages. It also has beautiful pictures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 12/22/2013

    " Fantastic true story about visionary Waterhouse Hawkins, vividly brought to life by Brian Selznick's illustrations. Now I have to go look up more information about this guy and his dinosaurs. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 11/30/2013

    " Great story! Can be a little long for a storytime read aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 11/26/2013

    " 4th/5th grade level. history non fiction. e-z read book talking book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Frasier | 10/26/2013

    " Nancy Basinger recommended this book to me. It has shaped my sense of the legacy it is to be part of natural history museum! Thank you, Nancy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Hardesty | 10/20/2013

    " This book was interesting but lacked a story for children to follow. It seems like it would be more for older aged elementary children as I think younger children would get bored with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 7/5/2013

    " Who was the first person to determine what a dinosaur looked like? Meet Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, and find out how! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) | 4/12/2013

    " Caldecott Honor 2002 - beautiful illustrations "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted Kesler | 3/10/2013

    " I love this book. The illustrations by Brian Selznick are amazing, and of course, the writing by Barbara Kerley is enthralling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qt | 12/26/2012

    " Interesting story of an amazing person, who I was not familiar with by name before reading this book. Great pictures, too :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NancyJo Lambert | 7/11/2012

    " What a fascinating story! I loved discovering this book and this artist. What an amazing life he led. The author's notes at the end are excellent too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Ann | 6/21/2012

    " I loved the gorgeous, rich illustrations in this nonfiction story of Waterhouse Hawkins. I think children who like nature, art, and dinosaurs would all enjoy this book. It's too long for story-times but would be a great one on one read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 12/25/2011

    " We read this about a year ago. I know we liked it a lot, but would need to reread it to be more specific about what we liked! "

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About the Author

Barbara Kerley’s award-winning biographies—including What to Do about Alice?, The Extraordinary Mark Twain (according to Suzy), The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and Walt Whitman: Words for America—are consistently praised for their lively prose, meticulous research, and artistic presentation style. Kerley lives in Portland, Oregon.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Pryce, CBE, is a Welsh actor and singer. His film credits include Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean, Evita, and Glengarry Glen Ross. He has won two Tony Awards for Comedians and Miss Saigon.