Smithsonian Kids: Prehistoric Deep Sea

Written By: Thea Feldman

Illustrated by: Bonnie Pang

For Ages: Infant & up (board book)

Language: English

Topics Covered: STEM, Dinosaurs, Science.

Summary: This board book is SO cool. This interactive and oversized board book has lots of flaps and other piece like tabs and wheels for the reader to explore. I really like that under some of the flaps are actual pictures of fossilized creatures illustrated! I love the combination of real photos and illustrations, they help to explain the scientific concepts and the pronunciation guide for these prehistoric creatures is really helpful.

This book has a wide age range for reading, especially with all of the additional information like exact names of different oceanic behemoths and specific eras and the animals that lived during them on a long pull tab. Overall, I’m kind of obsessed with this book and can’t wait to read it with fellow dinosaur enthusiasts!

This book was kindly sent by Cottage Door Press as a submission for the #bookstagang_bestof2020 list! All opinions are my own.

Thea Feldman

Thea Feldman is a prolific author of leveled readers and picture books for children, including Suryia and Roscoe and Suryia Swims!, which she co-authored with Dr. Bhagavan Antle. She has also worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society where she researched and wrote about the animals in the Society’s five urban wildlife parks in New York City. She is a former editorial director at Scholastic. Thea Feldman, a children’s book writer and editor, has helped develop early reader series for various major children’s book publishers. She is also a lifelong animal lover and has written numerous children’s books about animals, worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society, and is a writer and editor for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. She especially enjoys the opportunity to write early readers about animals. Her cat, Rose, loves to sleep on anything Thea has written. 

Bonnie Pang

Bonnie was born and raised in Hong Kong, a tiny city in South East Asia. From her website:  “I graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Resource Management, then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Illustration at The Academy of Art University. I completed the 4-year curriculum in 2016 and started to be a full time illustrator. 

​I loved to draw since I was small and I doodled on restaurant napkins, flyers and school workbooks. I’ve been drawing as a hobby for many years, until my final year in CUHK I decided to take it to a professional level. My personal experiences and values inspire me to create art and comics. I believe art has the power to bring positive changes to the world. My comics include: Roar Street Journal(wholesome animal comic), MindBound,(pro-environment fantasy comic) and IT Guy & Art Girl (Relationship comic).  

My work experience as an illustrator includes concept art for animation studios, children’s book illustration, commercial illustration and public art projects.  I’m currently represented by the artist agency Astound where I illustrate children’s books for clients internationally.

When I’m not drawing, I’m found playing with my dog, cooking new dishes and improving my minimalistic home.”

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