Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? by Jane Yolen

I can't count, even using all my fingers and toes (and probably my son's too), how many times I have read this! My little man keeps walking up, book in hand, big smile on his face and insisting "Book! Again!" How is a mother to say no to that?

Besides, I don't mind reading any of the How Do Dinosaur books, no matter how many times they are requested. I have his favorite, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, memorized, and the dinosaurs even have their own voices. (Which my son happily tries to imitate!) I love how these books inspire good manners and positive behavior, so I'll read them as often as they are requested...even if it is dozens of times in a day, or back to back.

If you are a parent, you have experienced your child playing in a not-so-friendly way. Even the best behaved children have their off days. Days where they don't want to share, don't want to play nice, or only want to play their way! Sometimes it's with siblings, and sometimes with friends, and sometimes in the waiting room at the doctors office, (As other parents watch on with their noses in the air as if their child would never play that way!) but every child has their time where it's all about "Mine! Mine! Mine!" or "I wanna play PRINCESS!!!" while all the other children are happily playing 'Doctor's Office'.

In How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? the amazing author/illustrator team of Jane Yolen and Mark Teague pair up again to address these issues using their comical dinosaur friends! It's easy for children to see how silly it looks to see a Protoceratops attempt to hog the slides, sand pit, and swings while not getting to enjoy any of them! Or a big, pouting Stegosaurus trying to hold all of his toys at once so that his friends can't play with them too. As usual, the How Do Dinosaurs series demonstrates both how silly it is to practice negative, selfish behavior and how much fun you can have when you practice good, positive behavior. When presented in that way, it becomes obvious that the fun thing to do would be to teeter totter with a big, happy Cryolophosaurus instead of hogging the equipment all to yourself and having no one to teeter your totter. (And no, I don't just know all these dinosaur names off the top of my head. Each beautifull illustrated picture by Mark Teaque has the name of the illustrated dinosaur creatively interrated into the picture!)

How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? comes in a wonderful board book format, so that you can share it with even your youngest little dinosaur. It comes as an individual book, but can also be found in the How Do Dinosaurs...Pocket Library which features four of the How Do Dinosaurs books in a handy, pocket sized collection. In addition to How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? the Pocket Library has How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?, How Do Dinosaurs Count To Ten?, and How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? 

How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends is also part of the Leap Frog Tag Junior Reading System! The Tag Junior Reading System makes your children's books an interactive learning experience! For any of you who have the Tag Junior system, I would certainly recommend adding this book to your collection!

As I have said about all of the How Do Dinosaurs books...GET THEM!!! They will be an amazing addition to your own Book Nooks, I can promise you that. It doesn't matter if your children are just toddling, starting school, or not even rolling over yet, these books are great for children of all ages. The creative rhyming writing and beautiful illustrations combine to make these books instant classics! They will not only entertain your children, but are sure to entertain you and your entire family as well. 

If you are interested in learning more about Jane Yolen, her How Do Dinosaurs series, or any of the other over 300 books she has written, please check out her web page! If you would like to know more about author and illustrator, Mark Teague, you can look him up online for some great information!

Happy Reading!

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