From a very young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things: lost coins, perfume bottles, even hidden treasure. Her endless curiosity eventually led to her career in diving and paleontology, where she would continue to find things big and small. In 1990, at a dig in South Dakota, Sue made her biggest discovery to date: Sue the T. rex, the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever unearthed. Named in Sue’s honor, Sue the T. rex would be placed on permanent exhibition at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. When Sue Found Sue inspires readers to take a closer look at the world around them and to never lose their brave, adventurous spirits.
Sue Hendrickson began her life as a "shy and incredibly smart" girl with an insatiable curiosity about the natural world and a passion for finding lost objects. This interest blossomed into a career as an underwater archaeological excavation diver ("diving first for tropical fish, and then for lost boats, lost airplanes, and even lost cars") and paleontologist. In Sudyka's warmly detailed art, Hendrickson dives in tropical waters and digs for duck-billed dinosaur fossils in an arid landscape of striated rock. It's an exciting moment when she, standing alone with her dog, sees a partial backbone in the rock and correctly envisions a T. rex; the remarkable find will come to be named after the finder herself. Readers who see treasure hunting as a viable profession will be heartened by Hendrickson's pursuit of her passions. Ages 4 8. \n