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How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? Hardcover – October 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Series: How Do Dinosaurs...
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545143144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545143141
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—In this ninth outing in the series, the naughty behaviors of young dinosaurs are followed by an endearing act that reminds their human parents why they love their offspring. The situations are familiar: "Out in the sandbox/you threw lots of sand./You ran from the slide,/after slapping my hand." Fans can follow the 10 dinosaurs by starting with their names and pictures on the endpapers. Expressions are expertly painted for humorous effect, including the defiant Tsintaosaurus letting water overflow onto the floor and the rollicking Pachycephalosaurus kicking the seat while mother is driving the car. The large, colorful spreads and rhyming text that is still a joy to listen to after repeated readings make this a successful storytime selection. Well-designed pictures and skillfully arranged words will entice newly independent readers, who will be challenged to find the dinosaur name hand-lettered in the illustration where the creature is introduced. The familiar format will produce laughs, kisses, and cuddles during or after an exhausting day of many of the same events.—Debbie S. Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI END

From Booklist

The ninth dinosaur title in the best-selling series follows the previous books’ winning formula, zeroing in this time on the anxiety little kids feel when they mess up and their subsequent relief when they realize that they are loved no matter what they do. Here, though, it’s the children (or dinos) who offer active gestures of love to the parents, rather than the other way around, providing an interesting twist. As in the other series titles, the huge, bumbling, childlike dinos are a comic delight, and kids will see themselves in the familiar scenarios and emotions. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Gillian Engberg

More About the Author

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 1 year old son LOVES this book!
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Perfect story that teaches a good lesson in a very short and fun bedtime story for young kids.
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I love all the "How Do Dinosaurs" books.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael VINE VOICE on November 26, 2009
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My 4 yr old son loves the How Do Dinosaurs... series. We have some of the board books like How Do Dinosaurs Count To Ten?, and some of the other hardcovers, such as How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?.

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? explains to children that their parents love them all the time, even when they are naughty or moody. Usually the books in this series contrast bad behavior with good behavior, and end on a postive note. Not only are they entertaining, but if you look closely at the illustrations, the names of the dinosaurs are included on each page, adding to the educational value of each book.

I added this one to my son's collection because I wanted him to realize that a good parent loves their child unconditionally, no one is perfect, and everyone has had a bad day. He also has a huge interest in anything to do with dinosaurs.

If your child loves these books, and would like something a little more serious, check out DK First Dinosaur Encyclopedia.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SmartMomma on December 29, 2009
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Bought this for Christmas, we have all of the "how do dinosaur" books and I was so excited to read this one to our girls. Its ok, definatly not the same feel as the other ones. Didn't seem to flow as well, and made it seem like the "dinosaur" is always very very bad. I don't know that I would purchase it again if I had the chance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peyton on November 5, 2009
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When I first read the book, I was not sure about it, since it has some very naughty dinosaurs in it. However, as the other reviewers have said, it is important for a child to know that you're loved even if you don't behave perfectly all the time. As usual, the art is wonderful. My son is only a year old and loves books, period. The dinosaur series has become one of his favorites and we read each one of the four we currently have each night before bed (soon to be 7, birthday is Friday). I know that he will continue to love this series as he gets older and gains an understanding of the message behind the rhymes. I'm also looking forward to the upcoming releases about Dinosaurs loving their pets.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Displaced Yankee on March 13, 2010
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I wanted to like it, but I'm really stuck on the fact that this book seems to teach conditional love. It shows the dinosaur misbehaving repeatedly, and then redeeming itself by doing something nice. On every page that it shows the dinosaur doing the desirable behavior it will say, "when you (do desirable behavior), then I love you, I love you , my dinosaur. This is not a lesson that I wish to teach my children, that people (or dinosaurs) are only worthy of love when they exhibit the perfect behavior.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tantalus on October 26, 2012
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We have always thoroughly enjoyed the sing song pacing of the other "How does a dinosaur..." books, and the eager family chorus of "NO!!!!!!!!) that comes through as we go from page to page. However, in this book the dinosaur is viewed in a very negative light and even the way the parent in the book responds to the behaviors is off-kilter. It is a very important lesson to teach a child that they are loved no matter what they do- but to insinuate that it only takes them to look adorable after being rude is...well, just not healthy IMHO.
It is very hard to read to our preschool/kindergarten children and find any enjoyment. With that said- I LOVE LOVE LOVE the other books in the series and give them as birthday presents to friends and families!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SCS on October 14, 2009
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I love this book! And so does my daughter :) This is our 5th in the How Do Dinosaurs series and it's a little different than the others in that the dinosaur really does misbehave a few times, but then is sorry and loving with hugs and kisses to the mom and dad and they say how much they love their dinosaur. I think we read it 3 times the first day we got it! And we're still reading it! It reminds me a little of the No David! books in that the child misbehaves, but is sorry and the parents while not approving of the behavior still love the child. Great job Yolen & Teague!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LMS on October 28, 2010
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My 3 year old is dinosaur obsessed and we have just about every book from this series. This one is different than the others, but I think that the message is even more important. In the other big books the dinosaurs all act perfectly. That is nice and very funny, but not realistic. In this book the dinosaurs are loved by their parents no matter what. What an incredible lmessage for your children! Especially for the preschool set, it is important for children to hear repeatedly that they are loved, no matter what. My son doesn't read it as a message that he can be naughty, but that he is loved unconditionally and that anyone can have a bad day. I often cry a little when reading it and my son can't get enough of it. What better way to go to sleep than with the message that you are safe and unconditionally adored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J2014 on December 26, 2013
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I love this series and I love the subject, but this wasn't my favorite. Didn't flow and come together as well.
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