The Adventures of Padma and a Blue Dinosaur: A Must-Have Book for Dinosaur Lovers!
posted by Shweta Sharan, September 05, 2018
Riveting storytelling, lively characters
As soon as we got a copy of Vaishali Shroff's The Adventures of
Published by Harper Collins, the book is about a little girl called
The ending is a cliffhanger and possibly a setup for a new story!
My daughter likes dinosaurs but isn't particularly a fan. She loved the book and wanted a pet like Bluethingasaurus!
A superb non-fiction section
After the story ends, the book has an exciting non-fiction section that talks about Indian dinosaurs and the fossils discovered in India. My daughter and I had no idea about the dinosaur fossils discovered in India. She was stunned
My daughter went bananas over the section on excavation and how to lead an expedition, the tools she'd need, and of course, interesting terms like prospecting, identifying, brushing, quarrying, and digging a trench. Of course, I had to read this section to her and explain it but she now wants to become a paleontologist!
The book also has an interview with
What we loved about The Adventures of
Padma and a Blue Dinosaur
We really loved how the book's fiction gave us a real sense of the times and the dinosaurs themselves. For instance, Rock Uncle says:
"Its very strange. You remember the fossil of a dinosaur skin I showed you at Rahioli? It's very difficult to determine their colour from a fossil. So we really didn't know that an Isisaurus was blue and a Titanosaurus was orange. But, it's wonderful to see so much colour, isn't it?"
When woven into a story, facts come alive in surprising ways! We also love how the author created a spectacular setting for the story. Suvidha Mistry's illustrations add to the sense of adventure and prehistory, with their rich tones and fabulous details. The way she illustrates Baa cooking for King Jabalpuriya, for instance, or the way she draws Padma and Bluethingasaurus, really stand out!
A great segue into non-fiction!
This book is a great way to introduce your child to non-fiction. The story really sets the stage for the wonderful non-fiction section. Did you know that many educators believe that telling a story or showing a presentation and then following it up with the facts really makes the details stick? This is why we love the format of this book.
We highly recommend this book and if your child likes dinosaur, RUN, don't walk, to the bookstore or to your computer or phone, in case you want to place an order! The Adventures of