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Title:
How do dinosaurs stay safe?
Author:
Yolen, Jane, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., [2015]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Summary:
A young dinosaur takes precautions in order to stay safe throughout the day, both at home and at play.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 570 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 173506.
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ISBN:
9780439241045
Format :
Book

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From crossing the street with Mama to encountering a stranger, the playful but careful antics of America's favorite dinosaurs will make readers laugh aloud -- and prompt discussion of safety issues.



Few things in childhood are as important as learning how to behave safely, and the topic deserves discussion in every family. Now Jane Yolen and Mark Teague deftly approach this critical subject with warmth, humor, and hilarity.



The wildly funny contrast between Teague's massive dinosaur children and their human-sized surroundings makes this subject especially appealing and funny. Where a book about safety for children might be potentially frightening, the antics of immense dinosaurs jumping on the bed or learning how to dial 9-1-1 on Mama's tiny phone will keep readers laughing from start to finish.



Parents, children, teachers, and other caregivers need a comfortable way to discuss safety, and this book provides just that. And as children learn invaluable rules about safe behavior, they'll beg to read it again and again for the wildly appealing silliness on each page. Here is a book that belongs in every household!


Author Notes

Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1960 and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults, and adults.

Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic. She has won numerous awards including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

From the How Do Dinosaurs . . . ? series, this colorful picture book tackles the topic of safety. Does a dinosaur climb up too high? . . . jump on his bed? . . . race on his bike / with no helmet / on his head? Of course not! On the contrary, he holds Mama's hand when he crosses the street, and he would never go off with strangers. Though the text and large-scale paintings of the disobedient dinos are great fun, the later pages illustrating the virtuous beasts are even better. The friendly, elderly stranger, for example, is dwarfed by the enormous, intimidating dinosaur. This beloved series hit the ground running, and it's still going strong.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Throughout the How Do Dinosaurs series, prehistoric carnivores and herbivores have showed off some less-than-perfect behavior in modern settings. Now Yolen and Teague take the idea a bit farther: what about when a young dino (or human) is acting in a way that isn't just "bad" but dangerous? "If anyone dares him,/ does he always try/ to jump from the rooftop/ as if he could fly?" asks Yolen as a gigantosaurus perches tentatively atop a suburban home. As always, examples of better (and, in this case, safer) actions follow, and while Teague's illustrations generally play the situations for laughs, the book's seriousness of purpose won't be lost on readers. Ages 3-5. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This much-needed addition to the series explores everyday situations. Yolen's rhyming text tackles recreational safety ("He wears/a good helmet/when riding his bike/takes bottles of water/when on a long hike."), safety at home ("Is he rough with the cat?/Does he stand up/on chairs?/When Mama says 'No!'/does he run down the stairs?"), and a reminder that every "dinosaur" should know when and how to dial 911. Teague's bright illustrations are wonderfully whimsical, with colorful dinosaurs taking up the bulk of the spreads. Their expressions, and those of the diverse humans, are a delight, from the worried looks of dinos behaving unsafely to the loving looks of caregivers seeing their charges safe and having fun. Seasoned dinosaur enthusiasts will appreciate having the proper name for each creature included in the text and endpapers. Books on safety can verge on didactic, but not this simple, lovely title-it's all sorts of fun. An excellent addition to all picture book collections.-Amy Koester, Learning Experiences Department, Skokie PL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.