By Paul Fleischman
Illustrated by Claire Ewart
Harper Collins 1991
From the library
The story: Miss Pym is taking her class to the Dinosaur National Monument during spring vacation. When the ticket seller tells them to get on the Rocky Mountain Unlimited, they are transported back in time and get to meet the dinosaurs in person!
Mama opines: I liked how the author and illustrator showed a gradual trip back through time. The children on the train get to see horse-drawn carriages and Civil War soldiers before they make it back to the prehistoric age. Fleischman has a lot of fun with the dinosaurs - the children camp in giant footprints and one industrious student takes some great pictures via pteranodon. The illustrations are gorgeous as well.
Thoughts from David: I like it because it goes back through time and they see real dinosaurs!
Favorite part: I liked when they go back through time.