The Megasaurus

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Each picture book in the Lima Bear Stories series delivers messages for children to help them handle everyday situations with siblings and friends, including tolerance, honesty, and courage. Basic characters, each with their own distinct personality, appear and reappear throughout the series, allowing children to get to know them and anticipate how they are likely to act in different situations. Extended learning and activity questions are included to allow parents and teachers to further encourage children to ...

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Overview

Each picture book in the Lima Bear Stories series delivers messages for children to help them handle everyday situations with siblings and friends, including tolerance, honesty, and courage. Basic characters, each with their own distinct personality, appear and reappear throughout the series, allowing children to get to know them and anticipate how they are likely to act in different situations. Extended learning and activity questions are included to allow parents and teachers to further encourage children to become involved in the concepts presented.

 

When the tiny, multicolored bean-shaped bears of Beandom come under attack by a monster, even the king’s wisest advisors seem unable to find a solution. Can an ordinary bear step forward with a plan that works? The primary concept presented in the story is to follow your convictions even when others think differently.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
King Limalot's kingdom of Beandom has a monster problem because Megasaurus is stirring up trouble. The king calls upon his three wise owl advisors to resolve the problem. The first owl suggests that they feed pancakes to satisfy Megasaurus' appetite. L. Joe Bean, who is one young member of the kingdom, disagrees with the plan but the rest of the kingdom ignores him and proceeds to create thousands of pancakes. As L. Joe Bean predicted, the pancakes do not resolve the problem with Megasaurus. Each of the two remaining owls give their solutions. L. Joe Bean continues to inform them that their plans will not succeed and each time Megasaurus defeats each plan. Finally, King Limalot listens to L. Joe Bean and allows him to carry out his plan to get rid of Megasaurus. There are illustrations throughout the book supporting different parts of the story. Although the citizens of Beandom are bears shaped like beans, this information seems to detract from the story. Children may find the solution to the Megasaurus problem is clever and amusing because the underdog (L. Joe Bean) resolves the situation. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933872124
  • Publisher: Lima Bear Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/2/2011
  • Series: The Lima Bear Stories Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Weck is a creative and captivating national award-winning author of children's books. He has traveled extensively in the United States and in foreign countries including teaching children through the Peace Corps. With four children of his own and a passion for observing children's behavior, he has distilled these observations into stories that excite the imagination of young minds amidst peals of laughter and learning. Peter Weck grew up enjoying the wonderful stories his father told about Lima Bear and his friends. Now that he is the father of three young girls, he has teamed up with his father to capture these and other stories in print. Peter's goal is to help children foster a love for creating, reading, and listening to stories. He currently serves on the board of the Menlo Park Library Foundation and is CEO of StoryJumper, a web-based company that enables anyone to create and illustrate children's stories.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

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    A funny tale about a not-so-funny monster

    Help! Help! Somebody, quick, the residents of Beandom need help! The poor little Bean folk are being terrorized by a nasty, BIG and very hungry Megasaurus and his favorite food is..beans! King Limalot didn't know what to do to save his kingdom so he called in the three wise owls. Surely they would have a plan. Howl the Owl was the first to suggest an idea for handling the scary Megasaurus. His idea? Make lots and lots of pancakes. That way, Megasaurus will fill up on pancakes and be too full to eat beans. While the King thinks the idea might work, little L. Joe Bean, a servant's son, declared: "Your plan's no good. It's very bad." Howl the Owl heard him and howled: "Silence now, you silly bean!/You know nothing, it would seem./You can see my plan is good./It will work just as it should!"/But L. Joe Bean was right - the pancake plan failed because the Megasaurus ate all the pancakes and then ate Howl the Owl and all the bakers! The other two owls then suggest their own plans, but each meets with the same results as the first. Whatever will the Beans do? Little L. Joe Bean has a plan that he whispers to the King. What is the plan? And more important - will it work? The reader is kept in suspense as L. Joe Bean gets to work and bravely approaches the Megasuarus. The Megasaurus is a lighthearted story with a happy ending (and don't worry, those silly owls make out okay in the end!). While big and nasty, the Megasaurus is also a bit goofy and should provide plenty of giggles. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and fit well with the humorous story of Beans in trouble. Although the text was a bit rough in a few spots, "King Limalot was now even more very scared," the unique story line will make this book a frequent request at story time. At the back of the book are two pages of suggestions to "extend the learning" and offer "activities." Quill says: A funny tale of how one lowly Bean saves the whole kingdom from a bean-eating Megasuarus.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    When Beandom is under attack King Limalot calls together his mos

    When Beandom is under attack King Limalot calls together his most trusted advisors to help rid the kingdom of the monster.

    Each advisor has his own idea of how to vanquish the Megasaurus. Howl the Owl believes that pancakes will do the trick. Towel the Owl thinks that bows and arrows will work and Vowel the Owl thinks building a strong rock wall will keep the Megasaurus away!

    L. Joe Bean, an ordinary bear, isn’t convinced that any of these methods will work and when he speaks up, he is told that he was nothing but a silly bear. Does he have a better idea? Does he know a way to help the Kingdom of Beandom?

    When something seems too much for my daughter to handle she will say,”I’m just a little girl!” I love how even though the bears of Kingdom are tiny, they are never too scared tackle big problems. Even a problem as big as the Megasaurus! The little bears even though they are tiny can accomplish so much just by believing in themselves and working together as a team. The book helps teach little ones that sometimes you need to think “outside the box” if the problem you are trying to solve can’t be solved by conventional means.

    There are extra discussion ideas and activities in the back to help you “extend the learning”. I love these suggestion as they help me to discover new ways to explore the book and the world with my children.

    Adorable illustrations help create the magical world of Beandom. Throughout the book certain words are highlighted so that your little one can “read” along with you, even if he/she can’t read yet!

    My daughter and I love these stories. This is the first book in the Lima Bear stories, but the last book we have read. It has many of our favourite characters as well as introduced some new favourites. Howl the Owl has become very popular at our house, she even named her stuffed toy owl after him.

    If you are looking for a great series to start with your little one, I would highly recommend the Lima Bear stories!

    Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my completely honest opinion above and may differ from yours.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    Could you imagine bears the size of beans? King Limalot and all

    Could you imagine bears the size of beans? King Limalot and all the tiny bean-shaped bears in his kingdom of Beandom, whether green like lima beans or red like pinto beans, are in terrible trouble. A huge monster known as the Megasaurus has come to Beandom, and his favorite food is beans. The King asks his three wise owls about what to do. One suggests that the bean-bears make pancakes for the monster to eat instead of beans. Another has a plan to drive the Megasaurus off with arrows. The third builds a huge wall around Beandom to keep the monster out. Little L. Joe Bean says that all three plans are bad, and, sure enough, in every case the plan fails and the owls, along with the bears helping them, are swallowed whole by the Megasaurus. What is L. Joe Bean’s plan? Will it work? And what will become of the owls and the others swallowed by the monster?
    Author Thomas Weck has traveled extensively in the U. S. and in foreign countries. With a passion for observing children’s behavior, he has distilled his observations into funny and insightful stories which excite the imagination of young minds. His son, co-author Peter Weck, grew up enjoying the wonderful stories that his father told about Lima Bear and his friends, and he has teamed up with his father to capture these and other stories in print. Their mission is to publish engaging, imaginative, and humorous children’s stories that carry an important life message such as tolerance, honesty, and courage. The theme of The Megasaurus is that one should follow his convictions even when others think differently. There is an “Extend the Learning” section in the back with questions to ask before, during, and after reading and activities to accompany the story. I believe that youngsters will really enjoy this book. Other books in the series include How Back-Back Got His Name and The Cave Monster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2011

    Highly recommended - check it out!

    I really loved the Megasaurus by Thomas and Peter Weck. The illustrations by Len DiSalvo are wonderful too! The message was great and showed how even a "little" person can have a voice by being persistent as well as courteous. It is funny and moving and has several good messages for kids. The illustrations are marvelous too. And I liked the "Extend the Learning" section and the Activities section to engage children further.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Delightful and Fun

    "What a delightful, funny, beautifully illustrated story with such a good message, a message so timely: stick to your convictions. I enjoyed the story as much as the three youngsters (ages 4,5,8) to whom I read it. After the first reading, the 8-year old asked to read it to the other two, and I enjoyed hearing it again as much as they did. This one is a winner."

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    A Perfect Bedtime Book for Grand-kids!

    Honesty, this book has it all. It is just what an old grand-father can delight his grand-children with - especially those in the 4-8 age range who are learning to read. And what child of that age isn't fascinated with dinosaurs? It is filled with rhymes, puns, and easily accessible poetry. And what a terrific story! Just scary enough. And this book, like all the others in the Lima Bear series, was "field-tested" over many years at bed-time. Tom Weck and Peter Weck are a father-son writing team. As the Weck kids clamored to hear these tales again and again, now they have pressed their dad to share them with the world. The book brims with gentle wisdom, funny situations, silly creatures, and clever solutions to dread dilemmas. And, as they say in fairy-tales, the length is not too short, not too long - it's just right - for the bed-time hour. And illustrator Len DiSalvo has visally actualized the many characters is ways that really are astonishing. Take it from one happy grandpa who gets as much enjoyment out of reading it as the grandkids receive in hearing it and looking at it. Five Stars - a real winner!

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    Engaging story with great illustrations

    How nice to find a book that our grandson loves. Our daughter says he picks this book out night after night as his favorite. The repetition of words and phrases is very helpful, and I like how the "hero" L. Joe Bean must persevere to be heard. I look forward to more books from Lima Bear Press.

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    Posted June 5, 2011

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