When Dinosaurs Go to School

When Dinosaurs Go to School

by Linda Martin, Chronicle Books
     
 

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What happens when dinosaurs go to school? After goodbye hugs and a quick bus ride, they spend the day playing and learning. They mix up squishy fingerpaints, practice playing tuba, munch prickly pizza, brave the dino-slide, and look forward to another day of school. With her funny, rhyming text and hilarious illustrations, Linda Martin invites everyone to see just

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What happens when dinosaurs go to school? After goodbye hugs and a quick bus ride, they spend the day playing and learning. They mix up squishy fingerpaints, practice playing tuba, munch prickly pizza, brave the dino-slide, and look forward to another day of school. With her funny, rhyming text and hilarious illustrations, Linda Martin invites everyone to see just how cool-osaurus school can be.

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School Library Journal
PreS-K-Two dinosaur siblings "wash behind their ears and scales," dress "nicely," eat a "healthy" breakfast, and are ready for a "very happy" ride on the bus. At school, they have spelling lessons, read, paint, exercise, and play on the dino-slide. Their day is described in relentlessly cheerful verse until the final page: "Dinosaurs all say goodbye,/and soon they're on their way./But they'll be back tomorrow,/for another fun-filled day!" The siblings have no personalities and they encounter no challenges. The cartoonlike illustrations-a combination of watercolors, acrylics, and pen and ink-are cheerful too, filled with smiling teachers and busy children. While the book may help preschoolers develop a positive attitude as they look ahead to kindergarten, some may find this idealized school with its swimming pool, music lessons, and lunch served from a table covered in white linen quite different from their own.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Although the phrasing of the title sounds similar to the many dinosaur books by the Browns (When Dinosaurs Die, 1996, etc.), Martin's book is more lighthearted, exploring the day in the life of school children•if they were dinosaurs. Her jaunty rhymes take the cheerful clan through the morning rituals of washing up and eating breakfast before moving on to the exciting bus ride to school. Martin covers the typical school day routine: the three Rs, art, music, gym, and the universal favorites of all school children (regardless of species), lunch and recess. Familiar routines take on a humorous aspect when given a dinosaur spin—they are thrilled with cafeteria lunches when "prickly pizza" is on the menu. Busy, colorful illustrations fill the pages with a unique blend of whimsy and reality. Whether they're heading off to preschool or kindergarten, anxious children will be reassured and comforted by this jovial crew. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811835145
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Edition description:
1ST PBK
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,018,599
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
1 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Linda Martin lives in Colorado Springs, likes crossword puzzles, gourmet food, and antique books and things. This is her first children's book, and she says it was lots of fun to do, but now she is anxious to get started on book number two.

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