- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Publisher: Two Lions (5 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477847006
- ISBN-13: 978-1477847008
- Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 1.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fossil Hardcover – 5 Nov 2013
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About the Author
Bill Thomson was immediately embraced by the children's book community when Karate Hour was released with his dramatic, extraordinary illustrations. This book was followed by Building with Dad, Baseball Hour, and Soccer Hour, all by Carol Nevius. But when Bill's own book, Chalk - that he conceived and illustrated without an author—was released in spring 2010, his reputation really took off. That book was short-listed for the Caldecott Award and has sold upwards of 30,000 print copies. Bill is also Associate Professor of Illustration at the University of Hartford. He and his wife, Diann, have three sons and live in Southington, CT.
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The story starts with a young boy walking with his dog on a deserted beach, when he happens upon a fossilized plant that incredibly morphs into something amazing. From there the boy and his dog find themselves on a wondrous adventure of magical proportions. All told through a series of picture panels that detail story concepts, mood, plot, and action.
My students began to zero in on the smallest of details in each picture, developing, and broadening their verbal and written powers of description. This segued into my students creating their own wordless stories, as well as strengthening their written compositions.
The hardcover paper quality and binding is of excellent quality, and will sure to inspire young writers for years to come.
My grandchildren climb in bed with their parents regularly to "read" Chalk to them.
They were so excited to receive Fossil as a Christmas gift (as were their parents).
Professor Thomson has illustrated a number of children's books, but I find his recent books (Chalk and Fossil) to be his best work. These two books, with Thomson illustrations only, need no words. I have enjoyed many hours with my grandchildren "reading" Chalk. They tell me the story, based solely on Professor Thomson's pictures. I look forward to "reading" Fossil with them once their books arrive.
Being a retired educator, I love that the Thomson books have corresponding educator's and kids' activity guides. What a great way to get children to use their imaginations and learn at the same time. Rather than spoon-feed information to the children, let's help them discover facts on their own. Let's guide our children through fun storytelling activities. Take your students' minds back to prehistoric times and let them explain what cave paintings represented.
My final comment comes from a retired educator's opinion, I love to see that Professor Thomson is passing his knowledge on to the next generation of illustrators. What a wonderful legacy he will leave!