Books by Cheryl Bardoe

CHINA by Cheryl Bardoe
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A bit dry for casual readers but nonetheless an excellent resource and a beautifully presented, nuanced introduction to pre-20th-century Chinese history. (timeline, source notes, selected bibliography, image credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-adult)"
Leveraging the rich collections of the Field Museum, Bardoe paints a broad history of China from the Stone Age to the present. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2018

"As an entree into the world of mathematics, this portrait of a quiet heroine is elegant, striking, and sure to inspire. (biographical and historical notes, bibliography, author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A girl mathematician? Impossible! Read full book review >
Released: March 11, 2014

"An excrement—er, excellent—read. (appended facts, beetle diagram, glossary, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Despite its slightly unsavory habits, this important beetle deserves a chance to shine. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2011

Andersen's classic fairy tale gets a prehistoric setting and cast of characters. When her eighth egg finally hatches, late, mother duck and her seven ducklings are shocked at his rather different appearance—he is a T. Rex, not a Vegavis iaai, as they are. Even a mother's love is not enough to assuage his awareness of his difference, so he runs away. After countless encounters with other creatures fleeing at the sight of him, he finally meets a kindly mother T. Rex who sets him straight and takes him in. Backmatter includes detailed scientific drawings of the featured dinosaurs, an artist's note, bibliography and suggestions for further reading. The author's note explains how "ducks" and dinosaurs lived in the same time period—recently discovered fossil evidence marks Vegavis iaai as an ancestor to today's ducks and geese. Kennedy's cartoonish watercolors nicely balance the ugly "duckling's" good intentions with his slightly threatening appearance and clumsiness, helping readers empathize with him. Facial characterization excels, from the nasty neighbor who can't keep her comments to herself to the hope written all over the ugly "duckling's" face when he tries to befriend a group of Deinonychus. A sure winner for those dino-hungry readers. (Fractured fairy tale. 4-8)Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2010

Based on published research and interviews with working scientists, Bardoe presents a lively and engrossing case study in how paleontologists examine both ancient and modern clues for insights into the diets, physical development and behavior of extinct animals. Cousins to modern elephants, mammoths and mastodons once roamed large portions of the Earth, but for reasons that are not completely understood (climate change? predation by early humans? disease?) vanished relatively suddenly. Focusing particularly on tantalizing remnants like the 55 fossilized skeletons found near one sinkhole in South Dakota and "Lyuba," the well preserved "prehistoric popsicle" discovered in 2007 in Siberia, the author presents both facts and educated guesses—while leaving it clear that there is much still to be learned. Illustrated with bright color photos and painted reconstructions, this should be a big draw for readers who might struggle with the greater level of specific anatomical detail in Sandra Markle's Outside and Inside Woolly Mammoths (2007). (Nonfiction. 10-12)Read full book review >
GREGOR MENDEL by Cheryl Bardoe
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

The life and work of the father of modern genetic study receive a quiet exploration in this offering, published in association with The Field Museum. Newcomer Bardoe describes Mendel's childhood in the country, his hunger for learning so great he went without food to pay for his lessons and eventually joined the Abbey of St. Thomas, a community of intellectuals, in order to make the pursuit of knowledge his life's work. His groundbreaking experiments with peas justifiably occupy the bulk of the account, the descriptions of the dogged work of preparation and control painting a portrait of patience and scientific single-mindedness. Smith's gentle illustrations fit their deliberate subject perfectly; the diagrams of the hybrid peas themselves are a marvel of clarity. The pacing of page-turns is a masterly recreation on paper of the cycle of waiting and discovery Mendel himself experienced over the years-long course of his study. The narrative moves back and forth from hard science, collegially explaining such complex concepts as genetic traits and dominant and recessive genes, to the vicissitudes of scholarship, sympathetically revealing how Mendel's genius was overlooked during his life. A lovely tribute. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)Read full book review >