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Creature Count: A Prehistoric Rhyme
     

Creature Count: A Prehistoric Rhyme

by Brenda Huante
 

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Once upon a prehistoric time . . . One woolly baby trumpets with mother mammoth.Two flying reptiles soar with mom pteranodon.Three toothy kittens snarl with mother sabertooth. Set to the classic counting rhyme "Over in the Meadow," Brenda Huante's catchy text makes a perfect read-aloud, and illustrator Vincent Nguyen's adorable dinosaurs and early mammals are

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Once upon a prehistoric time . . . One woolly baby trumpets with mother mammoth.Two flying reptiles soar with mom pteranodon.Three toothy kittens snarl with mother sabertooth. Set to the classic counting rhyme "Over in the Meadow," Brenda Huante's catchy text makes a perfect read-aloud, and illustrator Vincent Nguyen's adorable dinosaurs and early mammals are simply irresistible.

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“Little hatchlings will likewise stretch, hoot and snuggle down cozily as they listen.” —Kirkus
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This cute picture book is focused on prehistoric beasts like woolly mammoths and pteranodons and helps young readers learn both some history about dinosaurs as well as their numbers from one to ten. Each two page spread highlights a different prehistoric animal as well as a number, and then provides details about play and general life in a time period long past. Rhyme schemes are used with each prehistoric being to provide a lighter tone to the text, and this works well with the illustrations created for the text. Each beautifully illustrated dinosaur or mammal's face is personified in a way that makes each look like a happy creature; even T-Rex looks huggable. A final two page spread at the end of the book provides more information about each of the creatures such as highlighting when it actually lived. For example, the velociraptor lived 80-84 million years ago during the Mesozoic Era while the Saber-toothed cat lived during the more recent Pleistocene Epoch so as not to mislead younger readers into thinking that all of these animals lived during the same time period. This picture book would be a lovely way to play to young readers' interest in dinosaurs while encouraging them to work on their counting. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
A jaunty prehistoric version of "Over in the Meadow" with a cast of particularly happy-looking dinos and extinct mammals. From "a mother woolly mammoth and her little woolly one" to "a mother maiasaur and her little hatchlings ten," family groups wreathed in smiles and depicted in vivid greens, blues and purples variously trumpet, boom, hoot, snarl, stretch and munch. Without doing violence to the rhythm's familiar cadences, Huante varies the opening lines ("On a prehistoric mountain where the sky was so blue…" "Near a prehistoric swamp by a long, curling vine…"). Nguyen brings all of the creatures together for a closing snuggle "in the moonlight of a prehistoric night." Lest younger readers be left with the impression that that could ever actually happen, the author explains on a closing spread that these creatures lived in different eras, and goes on beneath vignette portraits to provide a sentence or two of basic facts about each. While the aesthetic is not a particularly demanding one, there is no doubt of its appeal to the smallest dino-maniacs--even "mother T. Rex and her terrible rexes six" look cuddly. Little hatchlings will likewise stretch, hoot and snuggle down cozily as they listen. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466821804
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
28
File size:
13 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Brenda Huante lives with her family in McMinnville, Oregon. Creature Count is her first book.

Vincent Nguyen has illustrated many children's books, including Buzz by Eileen Spinelli. He lives in New York City.


Brenda Huante lives with her family in McMinnville, Oregon. Creature Count is her first book. 
Vincent Nguyen has illustrated many children's books, including Buzz by Eileen Spinelli, Creature Count by Brenda Huante, and Bandit by Karen Rostoker-Gruber. He lives in New York City.

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