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How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? Board book – August 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Series: How Do Dinosaurs…
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press; Brdbk edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043985654X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439856546
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for 'How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?': 'The message is useful...while the illustrations have detail and characterisation to savour.' Children's Book of the Week, The Sunday Times Praise for 'How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?': 'Children will find these poorly dinosaurs and their families really funny... The full-page illustrations are fantastic, too.' BBC Parenting 'This is an ingenious book that will get your little ones behaving perfectly when they're ill.' Baby & You 'A perfect get-well book.' Junior Praise for 'How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?': 'This combines an enchanting rhyme with retro-looking illustrations.' Father's Quarterly --This text refers to an alternate Board book edition.

About the Author

Jane Yolen is the beloved author of more than four hundred books for children and adults, including award-winning picture books, fiction, and poetry. Her How Do Dinosaurs books have sold millions of copies and are international bestsellers. She regularly travels the globe speaking and teaching. Jane lives in Western Massachusetts with her children and grandchildren, and she also lives in St. Andrews, Scotland. You can also visit her at www.janeyolen.com.

Mark Teague is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator whose books include the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs... series, the LaRue series, FIREHOUSE!, FUNNY FARM, and many other humorous picture books. Mark lives in New York state with his wife and their two daughters.

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Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother. Active in several organizations, Yolen has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1988, is on the editorial board of several magazines, and was a founding member of the Western New England Storytellers Guild, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and the Bay State Writers Guild. For twenty years, she ran a monthly writer's workshop for new children's book authors. In 1980, when Yolen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the citation recognized that "throughout her writing career she has remained true to her primary source of inspiration--folk culture." Folklore is the "perfect second skin," writes Yolen. "From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." Folklore, she believes, is the universal human language, a language that children instinctively feel in their hearts. All of Yolen's stories and poems are somehow rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate papercut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding. Yolen's graceful rhythms and outrageous rhymes have been gathered in numerous collections. She has earned many awards over the years: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, the Mythopoetic Society's Aslan Award, the Christopher Medal, the Boy's Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Children's Book Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents' Choice Magazine Awards, and many more. Her books and stories have been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Afrikaans, !Xhosa, Portuguese, and Braille. With a versatility that has led her to be called "America's Hans Christian Andersen," Yolen, the child of two writers, is a gifted and natural storyteller. Perhaps the best explanation for her outstanding accomplishments comes from Jane Yolen herself: "I don't care whether the story is real or fantastical. I tell the story that needs to be told."

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My boy loves dinosaurs and these books are great!
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My 2 year old son and 4 year old daughter both love these books.
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Illustrations are great and it's an easy read with good flow.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By juliedelle on May 12, 2007
Format: Board book
These Dinosaur books are great for both boys and girls. I brought this book (and two other Jane Yolen Dinosaur books) into my sons pre-school

class and they all begged me to read more...These books are great and they teach lessons in a very funny way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jade Anthony on July 15, 2007
Format: Board book
My 2 year old loves books and when I asked the children's librarian for some suggestions for my dinosaur lover she suggeted all of Jane Yolen's dinosaur books. My son adores this one. I like it since it has a wonderful message about sharing with friends and we are working on that skill. We read it over and over and I am now going to have to purchase it to keep at home. The board book is a great size since we can take it in the car or in the diaper bag.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2007
Format: Board book
My 2 year old son and 4 year old daughter both love these books. My 4 year old daughter is a beginning reader, so these books are great for her to practice her emerging skills. My 2 year old son loves the illustations and the stories. He shakes his head "no" the whole time we are describing the "bad" dinosaurs behavior. He has even begun memorizing some of the books in the series. I like that these books give little lessons in proper ways to behave while still providing ample entertainment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Styles on January 29, 2008
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The full-size "How Do Dinosaurs..." books (Eat Their Food, Go To Bed, Get Well Soon, Go To School) are wonderful and fun, and this book follows in that mold. The story doesn't seem much shorter than in the bigger books, and has the same great rhyming cadence even though the words are more than the usual one-syllable words. It is fun for parents to read as well as children!

The illustrations seem to be about as detailed as the bigger books, as well. They are just scaled down versions. Of course I miss all the dinosaurs pictured in the endpapers of the bigger books, but the board books are more portable for the car, etc. and not as easily damaged.

We also got the board book "How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms" and like it as well. However, "How Do Dinosaurs Count To Ten" and "How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors" are our least favorite books in the series.

My son is 18 months old and we started him with these books at about a year old. They are his favorites! He loves to pick out the small details he recognizes (toy trucks & balls, the dog or cat, etc.). And he definitely cares from one day to the next which one we pick out to read - they don't all seem the same to him. He likes some of the dinosaurs better than others, some of the stories better, etc. Great series.

My only question is, why are all the dinosaurs male? I have a boy so I didn't think of it until recently, after reading the series for six months. We have all the books and all the dinosaurs are referred to as "he". I know, they are tough and scary, but there has to be female dinosaurs, too! Unfortunately, stereotypes are being reinforced here. But that is my ONLY complaint with these books. I'm sure girls will love them, too. The dinosaurs are pictured in a "people" world, inside houses, riding in cars, inside school, etc., so the message is not gender-specific.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JK on January 27, 2008
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I purchased this book to "round out" an order I was placing and, after receiving it, am so glad I did. The book is written in such a way that young children can understand it's message, plus the pictures are vibrant and really catch a youngster's attention. I gave this book to my 2 and 4 year old grandsons and it has become one of their favorites. I now plan to order more from the series and pass them on to the rest of the grandchildren.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Luton on January 15, 2007
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I like this series of books (although I didn't enjoy "How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors" as much because it didn't hold to the pattern as well) because it first demonstates the bad behavior, such as "Does he hog all the swings and the sandbox and slides?" Then it moves on to the desired behavior "He treats everyone in the friendliest way."

It uses very cute illustrations and language to tell the story. It's short enough to hold the attention of the smallest child, yet the illustrations are detailed enough to interest older toddlers. Plus, it's a fun read for parents as well.

I recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Doyle on June 16, 2008
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My daughter's daycare reads these books to her, so I bought one for home. She loves it! I think the book teaches good lessons in a fun way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Puppydog Jammies on May 20, 2008
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This is a great addition to the series. It takes kids through what not to do and then teaches them in the How Do Dinosaurs sing song story about what to do to play well with friends.
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