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Posted March 15, 2013
Posted October 17, 2009
a winning combination
Can you imagine what might happen if a group of meat-eating dinosaurs got together with a group of plant-eating dinosaurs for a friendly game of soccer? Lisa Wheeler, author of the popular Dino-Hockey, whimsically describes how the Biters in blue, with T.Rex as their striker, challenge the Grazers in gold, with Ankylosaurus as their striker, to a soccer match. The Grazers get the first point as Diplodocus makes a goal. Then Gallimimus scores one for the Biters. Next Apatosaurus makes it 2-1 for the Grazers. And Allosaurus hits the ball in the net to tie the game for the Biters at 2-2. So, who will win? And can you guess what the dinos will play next?
Most kids love anything dealing with dinosaurs. And soccer has become a very popular sport in the United States. So why not put the two together into a fun story for young children? The rhyming play-by-play style of narrative makes this a good read-aloud book for Kindergarten and early elementary age students. And the comical paintings by illustrator Barry Gott emphasize the action moves. Wheeler has met hundreds of soccer-playing youngsters who asked her to write a dino-soccer book. Gott spent much of his childhood both playing soccer and also playing with toy dinosaurs. Working with each other, they have produced a winning combination.
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