The Titanosaur

By Dr. José Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol

(Orchard Books, 2019)

Who What Where?

One day a gaucho, a term for the cowboys of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, comes across an usual mound in the earth. On his next day in town the gaucho informs a paleontologist at a museum of his discovery. A team of experts quickly assemble to help uncover the largest dinosaur ever found, the Titanosaur. Readers will learn key terms as they venture back in time, a 100 million years to be precise, and learn about the profession of paleontology. This is a story of the teamwork and collaboration necessary to bring the fossil to the surface, and share it with the world. Find out what it took in the Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur.

Principle Themes

While the subject of the book is foremost about the Titanosaur, readers learn several other important topics as well. Teamwork is a powerful force throughout the story, as everyone needed to come together to get this 70-ton fossil uncovered and safely delivered to a museum before Winter set in. Additionally, the text familiarizes the reader with the field of paleontology. The reader learns about a little-known career that unearths information about past civilizations and periods in the Earth’s history. Lastly, the book emphasizes the value of societal contribution, everyone involved in the dig and discovery knew it was such an astounding find that it deserved to be shared with everyone, it was a contribution to society, and thus highlighted the value of sharing. Now you can witness the greatness of the Titanosaur in a museum, where everyone can learn about The Age of the Dinosaurs.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why was teamwork important during the dig?
  2. What challenges did the team face?
  3. What does a paleontologist do? Would you want to be a paleontologist someday?
  4. Why do you think it’s important to learn about the dinosaurs?

More Resources:

Lesson plans to teach about the age of the dinosaur’s: https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/curriculum-collections/dinosaurs-activities-and-lesson-plans

Here is the museum’s website for the titanosaur they uncovered in the book: https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent/orientation-center/the-titanosaur

Paleontologist related activities for kids (at the bottom of the page): https://blocksrock.com/news-and-learning/stem-career-inspiration-for-kids-paleontologists

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