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|How do dinosaurs say good night?|
Author: Yolen, Jane
Parent and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.
How Do Dinosaurs--
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 43230
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.20
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 21414
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/01)
School Library Journal (+) (06/00)
Booklist (+) (04/01)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (06/00)
Full Text Reviews:
Bulletin for the Center... - 06/01/2000 The bedtime habits of dinosaurs are the subject here, with Yolen exploring in verse some important questions: does a dinosaur “slam his tail and pout?”, clamor for one more book, or “fall on top of his covers and cry?” It turns out that dinosaurs actually go quite sweetly to bed, with ritual hugs and kisses and sayings of “Good night,” so perhaps they’ll serve as role models. The simple lyric is somewhat forced, but it makes its point playfully and tenderly. Teague’s illustrations make the most and more of the text, with oversized pages displaying a happily hybrid world where a multiracial cast of human parents tuck in a multispecies (each spread includes the dinosaur name somewhere, and the endpapers provide a key as well) cast of dinosaurs. The bulky dino-kids tower over their modest mothers and fathers in bedrooms that’ll speak to both contemporary and prehistoric youngsters. Those who warmed to a nightly reading of Boynton’s Dinosaur’s Binkit (BCCB 12/98) will find this bedtime fantasy even more Jurassically satisfying. - Copyright 2000 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Booklist - 04/01/2000 *Starred Review* The text is sweet and simple--just right for the wonderful pictures that really make this picture book special. Teague's art takes dinosaurs out of their usual context and plops them into bed (a rather comical fit) for a sleepy-time tale with a difference. Endpapers introduce the critter cast in all their gorgeous glory: tyrannosaurus rex, dimetrodon, and more, in vivid, yet still earthbound colors. Prima donna dinos, they yawn and fuss and throw toys about, procrastinating (just like real kids) any way they can as human Moms and Dads, ready to put baby to bed, look on in various stages of impatience, anger, and surprise. The whimsical expressions on the children's faces give solid clues to the joke. By cleverly varying his perspectives, Teague adds dramatic punch to the pictures--readers watch from above as one behemoth baby whips its neck from side to side; they watch from below when another stamps its huge feet; and they're face to face with one snoozing T-rex hugging its teddy bear close. Alert lookers will notice the dino's name incorporated somewhere into each picture--pteranodon is neatly spelled out in blocks on the floor. A delight from start to finish; better buy more than one. (Reviewed April 1, 2000) - Copyright 2000 Booklist.