A Dinosaur Named Ruth: How Ruth Mason Discovered Fossils in Her Own Backyard

A Dinosaur Named Ruth: How Ruth Mason Discovered Fossils in Her Own Backyard
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November 02, 2021
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For fans of Shark Lady and from the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Dr. Fauci comes the incredible true story of a girl who discovered dinosaur bones in her own backyard and, after years of persistence, helped uncover one of the most exciting paleontological discoveries of our time.

There’s an extraordinary secret hidden just beneath Ruth Mason’s feet. The year is 1905, and Ruth is a prairie girl living in South Dakota. She has no way of knowing that millions of years ago, her family farm was once home to scores of dinosaurs. Until one day, when Ruth starts finding clues to the past: strange rocks and rubble scattered all across her land. They’re dinosaur fossils—but she doesn’t know that yet, either. It will take many years of collecting these clues, and many, many questions, but Ruth’s curiosity will one day help uncover thousands of fossils all across her land.

New York Times bestselling illustrator Alexandra Bye’s vibrant illustrations bring to life this inspiring and exciting debut picture book from award-winning journalist Julia Lyon.

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Ruth Mason was always active when she was younger. One day, while running through her prairie, she stumbled upon the strangest things in her own backyard. Determined to figure out what they were, she wrote to several different people asking them to take a look at her discoveries. As she grew, she got rejection after rejection of people telling her she didn't find anything special. But that never stopped Ruth from expanding her collection with more of these strange objects from her backyard.

Finally, someone stopped by her house asking about the remains of a sea creature. Ruth didn't have what he was looking for, but she had something even better. A collection of dinosaur bones! It didn't take long for dinosaur experts to swing by to take a look. Sure enough, Ruth's suspicions were correct. She found something truly amazing.

A DINOSAUR NAMED RUTH is a children's history novel that shows how one little girl's belief in something can lead to amazing things. Had she believed all the people telling her she didn't find anything, she might have thrown away the bones or worse, burned them. Then, that piece of history would have been lost forever. Not only does this story teach an interesting piece of history, but it also shows that you should always believe in yourself, no matter what others say.

Final Verdict: A DINOSAUR NAMED RUTH teaches how one of the dinosaurs in a museum got the name Ruth and I find this to be both fascinating and inspiring. History has a beautiful way of teaching us valuable lessons and this book does just that. It addresses the importance of believing in yourself.
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