Saturday, December 8, 2012

How Do Dinosaurs Learn Colours and Numbers? by Jane Yolen

Rating: 4 out of 5
Reading Age: 1 and up
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books; Bind-up ed edition (January 3, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0007244738
ISBN-13: 978-0007244737

The "How do dinosaurs....." series by Jane Yolan covers some tricky toddler behaviours and basic learning skills. This book is actually a two for one we got from the library. It covers numbers and colours.

The story is simple and basic. With lots of rhyming and funny dinosaurs illustrating each point. The illustrations are really quite funny and detailed. Mark Teague has done a wonderful job bringing the dinosaurs and story to life.

It is easy to see why these books are a hit with children.

"Dinosaur counting
Starts with one.
One tattered teddy bear
just for fun."
This is a great joy to read out loud for adults and kids. It could even be an early reader for children.

Finally the biggest selling point of this book is that it was able to stop a brewing toddler tantrum in it's tracks. My little guy was having an epic sulk, building up to a tantrum and I whipped out this book (which we had just gotten from the library) and just started reading loudly, while holding the book out so he could see the pictures. Ever so slowly he crept over to me and by the end of the book was sitting quietly by my side and said "read dinosaurs again". My reply, feigning innocence, "ooookkkkkaaayyy encore performance it is, but only if you insist". After the second round me reading aloud, he then asked for the book. He then proceeded to sit there turning the pages himself and pointing out the rainbow, trucks and train. We went from tantrum to quietly reading in approximately 10 minutes. WINNING. So a big thumbs up from a grumpy 2 and half year old toddler, and his mummy. Doesn't get better then that really.

A must for dinosaur obsessed toddlers.

Book Brief
  • Rhyming
  • Counting 1-10
  • Colours
  • Humor
  • Dinosaurs

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