Stone Eggs
Helen Rundgren
Soumya Menon
age group: 
7+ yrs
Number of pages: 
pre-historic India palaeontology fossils dinosaurs
picture book, creative non-fiction


Dinosaurs! The huge lumbering beasts have fascinated children the world over, generating a plethora of books and even TV shows based on them.

One has read so much about the fossil finds in different parts of the globe where they lived, that it comes as a pleasant surprise to know that these enormous creatures also thundered through the plains of Central India, leaving a trail of evidence of their existence through the land.

In this story, two children whilst playing near their Granny’s house find some fossilized dino eggs. There is a lot of excitement and soon archaeologists descend to excavate the site. In the process, the children and the reader discover many interesting little tidbits about the dinosaurs.

The book not only lists the species found in India, including some indigenous ones such as, the Rajasaurus Narmadensis, but also has a map showing the various locations of the digs.

Clear lucid illustrations of perky dinos strutting the ramp with their name tags, juggling, fighting, pooping add to the charm of this book.

Bonus features are a map indicating the dino finds in India and a timeline of Indian dinos.

Entertaining as well as educative, this book will also be a great asset to a school library.

Reviewed by Shamim Padamsee