Read to them: The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

Firstly, let me apologize! I am a horrible blogger. I do this always. I start writing and then it tapers off. As a mother, student and board member of a soon-to-be established film collective, SO NOT SORRY. But as a writer, really sorry! But I try.

Vero and I have been reading so many great books that this little series has constantly been on my mind. Today was no exception and basically the picture book we read today was the straw the broke the poor camels back!

The family and I went to Drumheller today and as per usual, I bought SO MANY THINGS at the gift shop. Among my lovely trinkets were two picture books. One that I read to Veronica  on the way home (and the one I want to talk about) and another that I am saving for tomorrow.

51JpFng2EnL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_ (1)Now, there are a couple of pros and cons to this book (mostly pros) but I picked it up regardless of the cons. Let’s start with the positive because I feel we should always start with the good stuff.

PROS:

The book reads beautifully. THIS. IS. SO. IMPORTANT.  When reading to a little, the words have got to have FLOW. And this book, historical, yes, but still artistically written to create flow and dynamic to the story of Waterhouse Hawkins. Makes for an excellent read and keeps your little one interested.

THE ILLUSTRATIONS. It’s what gravitated me to the book. The cover is just so striking. It made me open it up and what was inside kept me interested, so I added it to the to-buy pile (let’s be real, the only pile).

The story (part of the con) – it’s a historical fiction (non-fiction?) in picture book. It’s educational and tells the story of how the exhibition of Dinosaur’s came to be. For a museum nerd like myself it makes for a GREAT read.

Okay now the con

WHERE ARE THE WOMEN? Did Waterhouse Hawkins not work with any females? Who were his assistants? There is not one woman in this story. And granted, it’s a historical fiction (non-fiction) story but…I am certain there had to be at least one women he worked with during his career. It would’ve been nice to see a spotlight on a page. The lack of women is huge for me and I should’ve read the whole thing before I bought it…cause..I don’t think I would’ve if I’d known which leads me to the second con…

It’s looooooong. Which is a good and bad thing. I read it during a car ride but normally this picture book would’ve been a two-sitter read. But on the other hand it’s a book that we will grow with. I’ll probably just also use it as a reminder of how important the suffragettes are to history and make it an example of the lack of history’s efforts to include women…cause…you know FEMINISM. 🙂

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