Dinosaur Called Tiny: The Pint-Sized Prehistoric Hero!

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When Tiny the Dinosaur hatches out of a great, big egg, no one can believe how small he is! Tiny grows—a little—and tries to make friends with the other young dinosaurs, but they laugh and say that he isn't big enough to play their games. But when one of the other dinosaurs is suddenly in trouble, Tiny's small size—and big heart—help him save the day.

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Overview

When Tiny the Dinosaur hatches out of a great, big egg, no one can believe how small he is! Tiny grows—a little—and tries to make friends with the other young dinosaurs, but they laugh and say that he isn't big enough to play their games. But when one of the other dinosaurs is suddenly in trouble, Tiny's small size—and big heart—help him save the day.

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Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
"One sunny day a long, long time ago crack! Out of a great, big dinosaur egg hatched a little dinosaur baby." His mother thinks he is sweet; his father thinks he is very small. They call him Tiny. Time passes and Tiny grows a little but only a little. Although he becomes older, he still is tiny. "‘He's smaller than one of my spots,' said Brontosaurus." The Triceratops says Tiny is smaller than one of his horns, and Tyrannosaurs says he is smaller than one of his teeth. "No one had ever seen such a tiny dinosaur before." The other young dinosaurs tease Tiny, calling him names like Teensy-Weensy. "You're not like us," says a young T-Rex. Tiny has to play on his own. He becomes lonely and sad, then feels sorry for himself. Just as he starts to cry, a small bird named Archie invites him to play. Archie and Tiny are the same size, and Tiny can finally play all the games he wants. Meanwhile the young T-Rex "jumped so hard, he made the ground crack," and he is trapped by a crevasse. The other dinosaurs are afraid to go get him, as the ground might break under their weight. Bravely, Tiny and Archie go out to the T-Rex and lead him to safety with a game of "Don't Step on the Cracks." Tiny is a hero and all the dinosaurs want to be friends with him. "No one ever said he was too small or called him Teensy-Weensy again." His parents say he has a big heart and give him a hug. "I like being small," says Tiny. The full page, full color illustrations are cute and cartoony and very appealing to small children in their dinosaur phases (are there times when children are not in their dinosaur phases?). This book works either as an opportunity to talk about seeing the strengths of each individual, or justas a fun book about a little dinosaur who stays true to himself and makes some friends. Reviewer: Sara Lorimer
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PreS-Gr 1- Constantly teased for being "teeny tiny" and "teensy-weensy," Tiny is excluded from all of the other dinosaurs' games. He feels sorry for himself, until he is befriended by a small bird named Archie. When the two discover Tyro the Tyrannosaurus rex trapped on shaky ground, it is Tiny who is able to rescue him. All of the dinosaurs now want to be his friend, the teasing ceases, and his Mom declares: "You may be small...but you've got a big heart." Playful pastel illustrations depict expressive, fun-loving dinosaurs in a fanciful prehistoric setting, but there is nothing unusual or original in this predictable plot. It's a shame that Tiny has to prove his courage and usefulness before the other dinosaurs will accept him. And, it isn't until they want to become friends with him that Tiny comes to accept himself. Nonetheless, children will relate to the familiar message, especially if they have ever felt left out.-Rachel Kamin, Des Plaines Public Library, IL

Kirkus Reviews
In this readable but ultimately forgettable story, a diminutive lime-green dinosaur follows in the literary footsteps of many other small but mighty characters who aid someone larger or more powerful. The tiny dinosaur, cleverly called Tiny, is cruelly taunted by the larger dinosaurs because of his size, so he finds a new friend, a bird named Archie. The pair of friends devise their own games and entertainments, happily spending time together. When Tyro the T. rex stomps so hard he cracks the (evidently fragile) ground, Tiny and Archie lead him to safety. The logistics of this rescue are hard to see in the illustrations because the cracks in the surface are rendered as flat gray lines that seem neither deep nor dangerous. Several spreads are confusing due to the inclusion of multiple images of the three main characters without clear delineation between scenes. Tiny and Archie do have a certain charm, both in their visual depiction and in their play together, but not enough to overcome the several mystifying spreads and the pat ending. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061366338
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Durant is the author of more than forty books for children of all ages. He has written picture books, teenage thrillers, and poetry. He wrote the bestselling picture books Dear Tooth Fairy and Dear Father Christmas, both illustrated by Vanessa Cabban. Alan lives with his wife and three children in New Malden, Surrey, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    No Matter How Small

    With a message similar to Horton Hears A Who, this book shows everyone can be a hero, no matter how small. A wonderful picture book for toddlers and preschoolers.

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