Dinosaurs at the ends of the earth : the story of the Central Asiatic Expeditions

by Floca, Brian.

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 4 copies
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 508 Floca
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Dinosaur Books j QH31.A55 F57 2000
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Dinosaur Books
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Children Non Fiction J 567.9 FLOCA
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
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For seven generations the men of Duncan's family have fished in broad wooden boats off the coast of Newfoundland. But those days are over. The cod have disappeared from the North Atlantic, and the longliners no longer return with rich bounties from the sea. Many fishermen have left to find work. Duncan's father is trying to stay put, in the place where he and his family have lived forever... but time and money are running out. Will the family have to leave their home? Or is there another way--Duncan's way? Striking watercolors by Ian Wallace perfectly capture the rugged beauty of the North Atlantic coast. In equally deft strokes, his words chart the emotional journey of a boy and his family caught in a life crisis.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 2^-4. Generations of Duncan's family have earned their livelihood catching cod in the waters off Newfoundland, but Duncan's father has been out of work for 18 months. Cod is no longer abundant, and many families are leaving for other parts of Canada. Duncan feels helpless, but in chatting with an adult friend while watching model trains run, he hits on an idea for a second career for his father: converting their boat into a floating bakery that delivers. The text is cumbersome, but the feelings are realistic and the setting is conveyed well. The illustrations are also mixed in quality. The use of light and shadow is striking, but the precisely painted watercolors are marred by occasional awkwardness in the depictions of humans. Not a first purchase for most libraries, but this picture book for older children will fill a gap in some collections, especially those needing materials to make unemployment more understandable. --Susan Dove Lempke"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Wallace's (Boy of the Deeps) finely detailed, lifelike watercolor paintings convey the stark, iceberg-filled seascape of the Newfoundland coast as well as the plaintive tone of this affecting story. Duncan's father can no longer fish since the cod disappeared from the ocean; the man now spends his days baking and listlessly watching TV. Desperate to get his father "back to the sea" and prevent his family from moving away from his birthplace, 11-year-old Duncan pays a visit to Mr. Marshall, a wise friend and retired fisherman. As the two watch the man's model trains traverse a miniature landscape that duplicates their coastal town, Mr. Marshall subtly guides Duncan's thoughts until the boy verbalizes a possible solution, and the tale ends on a note of hope. The narrative may be occasionally wordy, but there is nothing extraneous in Wallace's evocative artwork. A shirt hanging on a clothesline in the foreground frames an image of Duncan and his father, talking intently on the lawn; a peek through a window into the family's simple home, which is flanked by an enormous, barren boulder and a fence in need of painting, shows Duncan's mother giving him a reassuring hug. Wallace creates some memorable portraits within this larger picture of a vanishing way of life. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Andrews, Roy Chapman, -- 1884-1960 -- Juvenile literature.
Andrews, Roy Chapman, -- 1884-1960.
Central Asiatic Expeditions -- (1921-1930) -- Juvenile literature.
Naturalists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Dinosaurs -- Eggs -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New York :DK Ink,2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A Richard Jackson book"--T.p. verso.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 28 cm
ISBN 078942679X
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