Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: An Illuminating History of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, Artist and Lecturer

Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: An Illuminating History of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, Artist and Lecturer


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Can you fathom a time when almost no one in the world knew what a dinosaur looked like? That was true in the mid-nineteenth century, until Victorian artist Waterhouse Hawkins built the first life-size models of dinosaurs, first in his native England and later in New York City, and dazzled the world with his awe-inspiring creations.
With impeccable attention to detail, Barbara Kerley unearths a story of consuming passion, triumph, loss, and courage--and ultimately, of an extraordinary legacy that lives on today. Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick celebrates this complex and fascinating individual through luminous, soul-stirring paintings that form a visual masterpiece.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439114943
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2001
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 264,310
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Barbara Kerley's award-winning biographies—including What to Do About Alice? and The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), both illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, and The Dinosaurs of WaterhouseHawkins and Walt Whitman: Words for America, both illustrated by Brian Selznick—are consistently praised for their lively prose, meticulous research, and artistic presentation style. Kerley lives in Portland, Oregon. You can visit her online at www.barbarakerley.com.

In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn’t traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

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Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: An Illuminating History of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, Artist and Lecturer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
amygatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book -Waterhouse Hawkins sounds like such a character, I loved the description of his carefully planned dinner party for big names in British paleontology. This book show how deeply he cared for his work - I felt devastated when I learned that his work for Central Park was destroyed. It was such a shock as a reader, I can't imagine what it must actually have been like for him. I love the last page of this book, especially because I studied archaeology - how fun would it be to have an excavation in Central Park to look for these destroyed pieces of dinosaur models? I will always remember this story when I go to Central Park.This book would be such a fun addition to a unit on dinosaurs for second to third graders, especially because it creates such a personal connection to this subject. I also like that it shows how human knowledge of dinosaurs has evolved over time.
ShalaHowell More than 1 year ago
In 1853, almost no one knew what a dinosaur looked like. No one had ever mounted a complete dinosaur skeleton, and who could be expected to imagine what these strange creatures would have looked like with muscles, skin, teeth, eyes, tails, and feet all in their proper places from just a heap of bones? This engaging children's book is the story of the Victorian artist who, with the help of renowned scientist Richard Owen, would bring dinosaurs to life for the people around him. The story connects Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins' early love of drawing and sculpting animals as a child with the career he built as an adult of designing, building, and lecturing about dinosaurs. In extremely readable prose, Barbara Kerley describes the process Owen and Hawkins used to decide what the dinosaurs probably looked like, as well as the method Hawkins used to translate those designs into his life-size statues. Although this is a rather long story for a four-year-old, it is full of interesting anecdotes, such as the New Year's Eve party Waterhouse Hawkins held inside his model Iguanodon, the massive celebration that marked the début of the dinosaur models at the Crystal Palace in London in 1854, and the way Boss Tweed shut down Hawkins' attempt to build similar models to put on display in Central Park in New York. All beautifully illustrated by Brian Selznick, who based many of his illustrations on a rare scrapbook containing photographs and original drawings of the models that may have been created by Waterhouse Hawkins himself. Perhaps the bit that I liked the most is the fact that the dinosaurs Waterhouse Hawkins created can still be seen today in Crystal Palace Park in Sydenham. Can anyone say road trip? (Review originally published on my blog--Caterpickles: Scientific and Linguistic Engagement with a 4 Year Old Mind)
jo-poet More than 1 year ago
This book is fascinating! The illustrations are phenomenal. Brian Selznick has become my favorite illustrator and you will be impressed when you see this book. This true story is amazing and Barbara Kerley does an excellent job writing this book. If you want to know what lies beneath the surface of Central Park, you have to read this book! Amazing story of Waterhouse Hawkins, told and illustrated at its finest! Great for any age!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Science, History, Mystery, Art...this book has it all! Waterhouse Hawkins was an artist and a teacher with a tremendous goal, both figuratively and literally. He wanted to show the world what dinosaurs looked like. This wonderfully illustrated, well told story should be in every school's library. The author and illustrator's notes in the back are great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful and almost unbelievable biography about the first man to bring dinosaurs to life in sculpture form. Colorful, rich hues bring the story to life. Great blend of history, science, art, and mystery! Would be an interesting basis for an interdisciplinary unit of study.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not only historically accurate, but it also contains some of the most wonderful illustrations I've seen in any recent children's book. It's a must for any classroom or home library-- do it for the children!