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A few books to dig into dinos

Luci Hand

Luci Hand

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Updated: July 3, 2013 6:15AM



There for awhile dinosaurs were immensely popular. All kinds of books and activities were available, including “grown-up”movies.

The last year or so, it seems that they have receded a bit. I do have some books for kids who are still enamored of this fascinating era.

Lynn Plourde tells us what happens when “Dino Pets Go To School.” We join our boy in class when the teacher announces that tomorrow is Pet Day and the kids should bring their pets. We already have a clue as to his pet from the picture that he has drawn of his pet.

We watch as he has trouble getting his pet on the school bus, it sits, literally, on the bus. In class, the whole room needs repairs after he introduces his pet. We watch as he brings different dinosaurs to school, ending up with an egg that hatches.

In “Brontorina,” introduced to us by James Howe, we meet a young lady with a problem. She wants to dance. She goes to Madame Lucille’s Dance Academy to sign up. Madame Lucille points out that she is a dinosaur which Brontorina acknowledges. But “in my heart I am a ballerina,” she points out.

With the encouragement of the other students, Madame Lucille gives her a chance. We watch as Brontorina works hard to follow and perform the various steps that Madame Lucille announces. It still doesn’t work as she is too big for the studio, has no shoes and can’t be lifted by one of the male dances. Then, one of the mothers brings her shoes, and Madame Lucille decides the studio is too small and they decide to have the classes out side so every one can join in.

“Dinosaur Dig!” by Penny Dale is a simple counting and vocabulary building book for the little ones.

The inside front cover identifies the dinosaurs that are illustrated in the story and the inside back cover shows the machines used in the “dig.”

We watch as they dig, dump the extra, lift and lay big blocks of stone, mix cement and fill the cracks, roll and level dirt and stones, and finally, paint. Only then do we see what they have been constructing so diligently, a swimming pool! We leave them happily splashing away.

David Sheldon tells us about an unusual man in “Barnum Brown Dinosaur Hunter.”

Every day after school, Barnum would go fossil hunting in the fields around his home in Kansas which at one time was covered by a shallow sea.

The late 1800s were the beginnings of the great finds in the American west and Barnum followed them avidly. He was hired by the American Museum of Natural History and continued to dig. In 1898, he discovered the first complete dinosaur skeletons for the museum.

In 1902, after a long hot day digging, he caught a glimpse of something and began to dig again. It took two years but he had found the first Tyrannosaurus Rex. He continued working for the museum his whole career, discovering more and more.



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