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When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex

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From a very young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things: lost coins, perfume bottles, even hidden treasure. Her endless curiosity eventually led to her career in diving and paleontology, where she would continue to find things big and small. In 1990, at a dig in South Dakota, Sue made her biggest discovery to date: Sue the T. rex, the largest and most complete T. r From a very young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things: lost coins, perfume bottles, even hidden treasure. Her endless curiosity eventually led to her career in diving and paleontology, where she would continue to find things big and small. In 1990, at a dig in South Dakota, Sue made her biggest discovery to date: Sue the T. rex, the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever unearthed. Named in Sue’s honor, Sue the T. rex would be placed on permanent exhibition at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. When Sue Found Sue inspires readers to take a closer look at the world around them and to never lose their brave, adventurous spirits.


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From a very young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things: lost coins, perfume bottles, even hidden treasure. Her endless curiosity eventually led to her career in diving and paleontology, where she would continue to find things big and small. In 1990, at a dig in South Dakota, Sue made her biggest discovery to date: Sue the T. rex, the largest and most complete T. r From a very young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things: lost coins, perfume bottles, even hidden treasure. Her endless curiosity eventually led to her career in diving and paleontology, where she would continue to find things big and small. In 1990, at a dig in South Dakota, Sue made her biggest discovery to date: Sue the T. rex, the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever unearthed. Named in Sue’s honor, Sue the T. rex would be placed on permanent exhibition at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. When Sue Found Sue inspires readers to take a closer look at the world around them and to never lose their brave, adventurous spirits.

30 review for When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rich F

    I was really looking forward to this book, since The Field Museum is one of my favorite places in the world and I dig picture books. Overall, I liked the underlying story and the illustrations were really nice. On the flip side, the “finding things” repetition really slowed down the text and the vocabulary made me wonder who the audience is for this book. I suppose it’d be good for a 3rd-5th grader, but I don’t necessary see students that age picking out picture books off the shelves. (They shou I was really looking forward to this book, since The Field Museum is one of my favorite places in the world and I dig picture books. Overall, I liked the underlying story and the illustrations were really nice. On the flip side, the “finding things” repetition really slowed down the text and the vocabulary made me wonder who the audience is for this book. I suppose it’d be good for a 3rd-5th grader, but I don’t necessary see students that age picking out picture books off the shelves. (They should. There’s some good stuff out there. But I don’t see it happening.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Bond

    Perfect for fans of dinosaurs, women in science, and Chicago history (and really, who doesn't love least one of those things?)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura McLoughlin

    My daughter (7 yo) currently wants to be a paleontologist and we love to visit Sue at the Field Museum so this book was pretty much made for her, she would give it all the stars!

  4. 4 out of 5

    MaryLibrarianOH

    Sure to appeal to kids who are into dinosaurs. Talks about discovering dinosaur bones and how they have to be carefully excavated.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex is a children's picture book written by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by Diana Sudyka, which is a biography about Sue Hendrickson, an explorer and fossil collector, who found the biggest and most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Susan Hendrickson is an American explorer and fossil collector. Hendrickson is best known for her discovery of the remains of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in South Dakota on August 12, 1990. Her discovery was the larg When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex is a children's picture book written by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by Diana Sudyka, which is a biography about Sue Hendrickson, an explorer and fossil collector, who found the biggest and most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Susan Hendrickson is an American explorer and fossil collector. Hendrickson is best known for her discovery of the remains of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in South Dakota on August 12, 1990. Her discovery was the largest specimen found and one of the most complete skeletons, which was named after her. Buzzeo's text is rather simplistic and straightforward. It details the life of Susan Hendrickson from her shy, but bright childhood to her remarkable discovery of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that would one day bear her name. Sudyka's illustrations are warmly detailed art delves into the narrative and depicts the life of Susan Hendrickson rather well. The premise of the book is rather straightforward. Sue Hendrickson began her life as a "shy and incredibly smart" girl with an insatiable curiosity about the natural world and a passion for finding lost objects. This interest blossomed into a career as an underwater archaeological excavation diver and paleontologist. To the exciting moment when she, standing alone with her dog, sees a partial backbone in the rock and correctly envisions a Tyrannosaurus Rex that would one day be named after her. All in all, When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex is a wonderful biographical children's book that depicted one incredible moment in the life Sue Hendrickson.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book is fine, but I wasn't blown away by it. I like that child-Sue is a loner, but as a grown-up scientist she works as a member of a team. I hadn't realized how widely accomplished Sue Hendrickson is -- it's not clear from the text how all her work fits together (though the text uses the connecting theme of "finding things"), but the Author's Note says, "She has been a professional diver since 1971, a specialist in paleontology fieldwork (especially dinosaurs), a specialist in fossil inclusi This book is fine, but I wasn't blown away by it. I like that child-Sue is a loner, but as a grown-up scientist she works as a member of a team. I hadn't realized how widely accomplished Sue Hendrickson is -- it's not clear from the text how all her work fits together (though the text uses the connecting theme of "finding things"), but the Author's Note says, "She has been a professional diver since 1971, a specialist in paleontology fieldwork (especially dinosaurs), a specialist in fossil inclusion in amber from mines in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and a long-standing member of the Franck Goddio marine archaeology team." The story of how she was drawn to the spot where the T-Rex skeleton was was cool. The Author's Note says: "Unfortunately, Sue's great find was followed by a long and bitter dispute among various people who believed they owned Sue: Maurice Williams, the Sioux tribal member who owned the land where Sue was found; the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe on whose reservation Sue was found; the federal government that held the land in trust where Sue was found; and, of course, Peter Larson, whose Black Hills Institute team was responsible for the dig that found Sue. Only Sue Hendrickson didn't believe she owned Sue." The book itself doesn't get into that dispute except to say, "After a long dispute about ownership, Sue the T. rex went to auction. And who won the auction? None other than The Field Museum -- the very same museum Sue Hendrickson loved to visit so often as a young girl." Wikipedia has some more info.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    "Never lose your curiosity about everything in the universe-it can take you to places you never thought possible!" —Sue Hendrickson When Sue Found Sue by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Diana Sudyka is the perfect nonfiction read for dino enthusiasts! Toni's beautiful details and Diana Sudyka's gorgeous illustrations show Sue's journey of discovering. We love how Toni and Diana showcase Sue's determination and hard work, empowering young children, especially shy children, that you can do anything and "Never lose your curiosity about everything in the universe-it can take you to places you never thought possible!" —Sue Hendrickson When Sue Found Sue by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Diana Sudyka is the perfect nonfiction read for dino enthusiasts! Toni's beautiful details and Diana Sudyka's gorgeous illustrations show Sue's journey of discovering. We love how Toni and Diana showcase Sue's determination and hard work, empowering young children, especially shy children, that you can do anything and follow your curiosity.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Sue finding Sue celebrates perseverance in discovery and pursuing things that you were interested in as a kid. Sometimes those child-like interests stay with you long into adulthood enabling you to embark on something you never quite expected, like finding dinosaur bones. This book reminds me to support and help cultivate interests within my students!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Holland

    Sue Henderson, famed for finding the largest, most complete T-Rex, Sue, was an adventurer from the start. Always following clues and looking for discoveries, from a young age, Sue was meant for finding big things. While out on an expedition with fellow explorers, she finds something that looks interesting; leading her to the discovery of Sue.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Unlike so many books about extroverts, this book highlights the unique strengths of the curious and shy of the world. Sue's determination to learn things and find things is an inspiring one--and one that leads to a satisfying ending.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Publishes May 2019. Lively and informative story of the adventurous Sue Hendrickson and her discovery of the T Rex skeleton in South Dakota that is one of the most intact and best preserved ever found. Charming illustrations and very engaging story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Interesting story of how Sue Hendrickson finds Sue the dinosaur. Loved that it's about a young girl who grows into a woman who perseveres, works hard and is always curious. Best part ~ you can go see the fruits of her labor at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This book describes the life of a shy girl who kept her head down - in a book or searching around her. She found things small and large throughout her life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily Masters

    Super cute- love the illustrations and the cadence of the words. I actually didn’t know how Sue the T Rex was found and got her name, so I really enjoyed this.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    S. really liked this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julie Esanu

    This would be a wonderful mentor text to share with children about finding and following your passions. It makes a great argument for learner led choice and voice.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cristine Williams

    A great children’s book about how Sue found Sue the T. Rex.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Well done, good for dinosaur fans and for young, budding archaeologists.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    My dinosaur loving daughter enjoyed this true tale.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    The story of Sue Hendrickson who discover the largest and most complete T. Rex skeleton to date, which is now exhibited at the Field Museum in Chicago.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ana Gutierrez

    A wonderful introduction to Sue Hendricks discovery of Sue the T. Rex. It's also a good story for quiet but curious children in general with wonderful illustrations.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    I enjoyed reading this with my boys and talking with them about curiosity and hard work.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    A delightful read that should hopefully make Explorer Sue as famous as T-Rex Sue is!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    A picture book biography of Sue Hendrickson who in 1990 foudn the largest and most complete dinosaur skeleton. Elementary and up

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A very accessible title about Sue and the person that discovered her. Would love to see this on the Bluestem or Monarch list.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Caufman

    An excellent example of the power of curiosity. This is the story of Sue Hendrickson's childhood until she made the discovery of the TRex in South Dakota.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    A wonderful read for aspiring paleontologists and dinosaur lovers. I love the additional information and resources included at the end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Ladies dig dinosaurs, too! This exciting and inspiring picture book biography tells the story of the woman paleontologist who discovered the most complete T. rex skeleton to date.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Lee

    Terrific story about Sue Hendrickson the woman who found the T-Rex fossil bones which were named Sue in her honor.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Inge

    Compelling enough, solid for a read aloud for older kids.

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