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Product Details

  • Series: How Do Dinosaurs...
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545416787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545416788
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-Yolen and Teague add to their delightful dinosaur canon with this funny, gentle reminder of proper behavior for the most eagerly anticipated of holidays. As in previous titles, the dinosaurs have human parents and each one can be identified by the inclusion of its name in the illustrations. The 10 featured behemoths also adorn the endpapers. Enhancing the hilarity are the cats and dogs in the role of family pets bearing witness to the dinosaurs' antics-such as sneaking out of bed to peek, ripping open presents, deconstructing the tree, pre-licking candy canes, dumping out stockings, and eating Santa's cookies. Don't pass up this exuberant guide to achieving yuletide harmony.-Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Praise for
HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT?
"A delight from start to finish; better buy more than one."--BOOKLIST
An ALA Notable Book
A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book of the Year
A BOOKLIST Editor's Choice
A NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, and BOOKSENSE bestseller.

HOW DO DINOSAURS GET WELL SOON?
* "An excellent choice for story hours."--BOOKLIST, starred review
* "The perfect prescription for the crankily bedridden."--KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
A Parent's Choice Award winner

HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY I LOVE YOU?
"Kids should relate to the dinosaurs' mood swings and take heart in the notion that love conquers all."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
A Parent's Choice Award winner

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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The illustrations are perfect.
KelMay
I love all of the Dinosaur books and this one is especially cute for the holidays!!
Jenna Rieben
Highly recommend these books for young children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kentuckychick on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Love all of the "How Do Dinosaur..." books and this one does not disappoint, but the page with the dinosaur bending down to give his grandma "kisses" but instead says he's giving her "wishes" is just too dang confusing and I can't help but think it's a mistake because how the heck do you give someone wishes?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas is a welcome addition to a series that has captured the hearts of so many young dinosaur lovers. Their parents might look at these books as a way to reinforce rules, but kids take one look at these giant colorful dinosaurs and are captivated. Once again Yolen and Teague combine to issue a rule book for kids, this time about all the things that you should and shouldn't do at Christmas. Does a dinosaur sneak out of bed on Christmas Eve? No, he's tucked in and snoring when Santa arrives. Does a dinosaur "pick off some ornaments, angels and all?" No, "He helps trim the tree so no branches are bare.

As always, the rhyming is top-notch, resulting in a book with a great read aloud flow. Yolen manages to hit quite a few points of good Christmas behavior, without ever becoming heavy handed or getting in the way of Teague's glorious illustrations. They are as colorful, vibrant, and detailed as ever! These dinosaurs have tons of personality, whether they are misbehaving or receiving their presents on Christmas morning. This is an excellent choice for gift giving this Christmas for young toddlers or preschoolers, and a must have for story time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
To be honest, I was a little disappointed with this book compared to the 'How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?' book. That one focused on both the social and religious aspects of the holidays. This one is almost a Dinosaur version of 'The Night Before Christmas', with a mix of what a Dinosaur should not do followed by what a good Dinosaur should do on Christmas eve. It would have been interesting to see more of the religious aspects of the holiday covered. That being said, it is a fun book that children will love and enjoy again and again. It could have been just a little more.

In this 'How Do Dinosaurs Say ...?' series there are now about 10 books; they have sold 14 million copies worldwide and brought laughter, humor and learning together for children and readers of all ages. They are fun books and are well done, just with a little less learning then its counterpart.
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By Meredith Coppolino on January 21, 2014
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My husband and I gave this to our 2.5 year old on Christmas Eve, he loved it! We still read it at night after the holidays!
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My one-year-old nephew adores these books because they're colorful, short, and rhyme. They hold his attention and are nearly indestructible.
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Too much focus on the negative, not enough on positive. Cute illustrations are not enough to teach values. My toddler loves other dinosaur books, but did not pick this one up again.
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We have a few of the "How Do Dinosaurs..." books for our little one. They are easy and fun to read since he is 2 and pretty interactive and loves dinosaurs. We decide to pick this up and add to our collections for Christmas season reading. We had a great time reading this to him.
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By Jennifer K. Gedeon on January 2, 2014
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It was very fun story and a nice break from 10 copies of each famous Christmas story. My kids love it!
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