How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?

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The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague are back with another dinosaur tale--a fourth full-length picture book about how dinosaurs behave at school.

Everyone's favorite dinosaurs are back--and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await. These prehistoric pupils are in a class of their own!

As in their previous books, Yolen and Teague capture children's rambunctious ...

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Overview

The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague are back with another dinosaur tale--a fourth full-length picture book about how dinosaurs behave at school.

Everyone's favorite dinosaurs are back--and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await. These prehistoric pupils are in a class of their own!

As in their previous books, Yolen and Teague capture children's rambunctious natures with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
A new cast of brightly colored dinosaurs appears in this charming back-to-school story. The text's easy rhyme and rhythm will be familiar to those who have read other books in this series, and Teague's charismatic and naughty dinosaurs will continue to delight readers with their antics and exuberance. The illustration accompanying "DOES A DINOSAUR YELL?" is sure to elicit smiles as an excited Herrerasaurus leaps out of his chair proudly holding up a newly lost tooth. His teacher looks annoyed, but his classmates all turn toward him with their own gap-toothed grins. The 10 dinosaurs that appear are identified on the endpapers where each is hard at work or play. Stygimoloch using one arm to prop up his raised hand as he blurts out is also likely to draw a smile from veteran teachers. A fun read-aloud for the first day of school.-Neala Arnold, St. Francis Elementary School, MN

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Kirkus Reviews
Off to school with our prehistoric pals from the popular How Do Dinosaurs . . .? series, in which familiar scenes are made riotous by the scale-skewing enormity of elementary school-student dinos. As silvasaurus rushes out the door, his human mom proffers a teeny-tiny (but life-sized to Homo sapiens) brown-bag lunch and thermos. Centrosaurus can't fit in the carpool vehicle (license plate DINOCAR), so he rides on the roof. And when Herrerasaurus loses his tooth in class, he can't help but let out a celebratory yell, and all his similarly gap-toothed schoolmates share his excitement. Once again, what readers can't see in Teague's positively pop-off-the-page paintings (tails and toes that are just too long to fit, for example) is just as important as what they can. Perfect partners for Yolen's easy rhymes, they extend the text with those oh-so-appreciated labels, plenty of wit and a well-placed wink or two. The standard-sized schoolyard and show-and-tell provide plenty of opportunities for giant lizards to be acrobatic, misbehave and generally cause a ruckus, but each of these dinosaurs earns top marks and works well with others. (Picture book. 2-7)
Children's Literature - Kristina Cassidy
Jane Yolen's delightful dinosaur series explores appropriate behavior in many situations that preschoolers and school-age students face. Large, rambunctious, somewhat realistically drawn dinosaurs lumber through the oversize pages, taking the place of a young child in each scene. The dinosaurs presented vary and are identified on each page. The first half of each book asks in rhyming text if a dinosaur would act in a particular way in certain situations, showing many kinds of misbehavior. In the second half, the dinosaurs demonstrate appropriate behavior. In this welcome addition to the series, the dinosaurs go to school. Questions about how to behave start with leaving for school and interacting with schoolmates on the playground before heading into the classroom. Finally, the dinosaurs demonstrate sharing, courtesy and empathy, and the importance of keeping things neat. A wonderful addition to a charming series sure to enchant preschoolers fascinated with dinosaurs. The audio book CD comes with a copy of the picture book and includes three audio tracks. Author Jane Yolen narrates the story with and without page signals in the first two tracks. The third track contains an interview with Yolen. Young readers will enjoy following along in their book while listening to the story. This book is an ideal story to share with children getting ready to begin school or for use in the classroom at the beginning of the year or after school breaks. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, the multiple award-winning duo, present two educational programs showcasing instruments used in the type of folk singing for which they are well-known. They take turns introducing each instrument, simply explaining its parts and how it is played. Each instrument is played with an easy-to-sing-along song, such as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "Skip to My Lou," and "Down on Grandpa's Farm." Viewers are encouraged to sing and/or dance along in most of the vignettes. Some basic concepts are also taught, such as counting, shapes, body parts, sounds, and directions. Things with Strings features guitars (acoustic and electric), mandolin, ukulele, banjo, autoharp, dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, mouth blow, and fiddle. Clap and Tap includes hand clapping, conga drum, international shakers, wooden spoons, and tap dancing. Cathy and Marcy also introduce several unusual wooden percussion instruments: the "frog" from Vietnam, which is carved in the shape of a frog with bumps on its back, along which the performer rubs a stick; the Japanese "cricket," which makes a cricket noise; and the Limber Jack and Limber Moose, both of which have jointed legs that "dance" on a wooden board, making a clacking noise. This excellent series will be welcomed by both public and school libraries.—Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439020817
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Series: How Do Dinosaurs...? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 63,030
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is the beloved author of more than four hundred books for children and adults, including award-winning picture books, fiction, and poetry. Her How Do Dinosaurs books have sold millions of copies and are international bestsellers. She regularly travels the globe speaking and teaching. Jane lives in Western Massachusetts with her children and grandchildren, and she also lives in St. Andrews, Scotland. You can also visit her at www.janeyolen.com.

Mark Teague is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator whose books include the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs... series, the LaRue series, FIREHOUSE!, FUNNY FARM, and many other humorous picture books. Mark lives in New York state with his wife and their two daughters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2007

    Great Book for Kids

    I have two kids...one boy and one girl. My son is in the second grade and my daughter is in the third. They both love this book. This is actually one of those books that you don't mind reading to your kids because it is a great book for adults as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2010

    My son loves these books!

    My son loves all the "How do dinosaur..." books. At 6, he is still enjoying laughing at their horrid behavior in the beginning of the books! They were also great when he first started reading because they use a lot of sight words.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Great toddler book

    My grandson is into dinosaurs right now and absolutely loves this book. He has a couple more from the series and loves to have them read and reread to him often.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2007

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    A very funny and witty tale of dinosaurs going to school. They do all the same things as human kids but reading it is more fun for a human kid because they see that dino kids have all of the same 'happenings' as human kids. Just as my son, a dinosaur loses his tooth in class. Children always have more fun when reading about themselves when animals play the characters they relate to, especially when the animal characters are portraying children as they are.

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