|Photo by Dr Andre Mursch|
Another area that has become a home for Ichthyosaurus related public appearance is that of the scientific storybook. Scientific storybooks always give us a little informative piece and then, as the name suggests, a story about the key animals. This is not unlike the recent Discovery trend in dinosaur shows to name the main protagonist of the story, see Dinosaur Planet for examples, and then tell a tale (a tradition in the modern era of documentary begun by WwD's "Big Al"). Scientific storybooks, however, are usually geared toward upper elementary to high school (usually a stretch in high school though) students. We can see this progression in Ichthyosaurus related scientific storybooks rather well: Start in the 4th/5th grade range with Daniel Cohen's Ichthyosaurus or with Rena Korb's Discovering Ichthyosaurus; next would be Rob Shone's Graphic Dinosaurs: Ichthyosaurus; then we have a Brooke Hartzog book called Ichthyosaurus and Little Mary Anning (a book portraying a woman scientist as diminutive and written by a woman; sexism in science is a different topic though). High school aged students would go more for books like How to Draw books and, though it is older, Ron Wilson's Ichthyosaurus type books. The point is, there is a lot of material floating around in the literature ocean of the world about Ichthyosaurus just waiting to be chased down and read by all ages.