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Fossil

Thomson, Bill (Author/Illustrator)
Amazon 2013. 40 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781477847008 (hardcover)
9781477897003 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, dialogue, recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

While on a hike with his dog, a boy trips on the fossil of an ancient plant. Curious, the boy breaks apart two more fossils, which come to life as a dragonfly and a pteranodon. This is only the beginning of an adventure in which prehistoric creatures spring to life and a young boy must figure out a way to restore the natural order.

This wordless picture book affords readers myriad opportunities to piece together the story as they see it. The only text appears in a definition on the first page, where Thomson explains how a fossil “shows the traces or remains of animals and plants that lived 10,000 or more years ago.”

Hyper-realistic illustrations deftly capture motion, adventure and the complete range of the protagonist’s emotions (surprise, awe, determination). The large-scale double spreads are meticulously hand painted using acrylic paint and coloured pencils.

Visually engaging, this story focusing on a child’s fantasy will stir the creativity of readers and demonstrate how our fertile imaginations have the capacity to take us on amazing adventures.

  •  Read the book description and dedication page. Use this information and your prior knowledge about fossils to make predictions about the story.
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    As you read, reflect on and revise your predictions. Discuss the strategies you used, such as noticing details in the illustrations or noticing an emerging pattern.

  •  Work in a small group. Write some speech and thought bubbles for the boy, dog and pteranodon. Share with the group. How were the interpretations of the story similar or different?
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    Look at the cover and back pages. What do you know about fossils? Predict what the story might be.

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    Go for a picture walk and observe the details of the artwork. Discuss how different panels are integrated into the main picture. Discuss the story as it evolves. Revise your predictions.

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    With a partner, create a character map for the boy. Use the visual information to complete his portrait.

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    Work in a small group. Write some speech and thought bubbles for the boy, dog and pteranodon. Share with the larger group. How were interpretations of the story similar or different?

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To cooperate with others
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology
  • Visual Arts