If you have a toddler – or a preschooler, or even an early elementary student – fascinated with dinosaurs, you’ll want to pick up the How Do Dinosaurs….? books by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.
Yolen has written each of the books in a similar format, several questions about bad behavior followed by a “No,” then sentences describing ideal behavior. Yolen has written them in short, rhythmic, and rhyming sentences, which makes for easy reading, and even easier listening. Teague illustrates with brightly colored pictures of dinosaurs in unbelievable positions in houses, schools, cars, etc. He even identifies each dinosaur somewhere on the page.
I particularly like How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?, and I think other moms will appreciate it too. Yolen describes typical behavior which frustrates moms,
“Off in the car, you kept kicking my seat … and when we got out, you were dragging your feet.”
And follows it with the things that melt our hearts,
“But you suddenly turned with a smile I adore. Oh, I’ll always love you, my dinosaur.”
And I especially like the way she ends the book, separating the unruly behavior from expressions of love:
“… that’s when you give love, and I know this is true, because that’s [sic] how a dinosaur says I Love You!”
If your little dinosaur-lover wants to read more and more, Yolen and Teague have written several books – and hopefully more will come:
- How Do Dinosaurs Say Good-Night?
- How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?
- How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
- How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
- How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Room?
- How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten?
- How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors?
- How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?