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About the Author

Dr. Steven Clark Cunningham was born in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from Creighton University with majors in chemistry and Spanish, he attended medical school at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Having finished his residency in general surgery at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland, he is currently doing a fellowship in surgery of the liver and pancreas at Johns Hopkins University. He has served as a contributing editor of Maryland Poetry Review, and his poems have appeared in Maryland Poetry Review, The New Physician (winner of literary arts contest), Chimeras, WordHouse: Baltimore s Literary Calendar, the anthology Function At The Junction #2 (Electric Press, 1997), the cookbook Pasta Poetics (ed. Matt Hohner, 1997), and the anthology Poems for Chromosomes (Watermark Press, 1998).

Dr. Myriam Gorospe was born in San Sebastian (Donostia), Spain. She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany. She completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health, where she studies genes (some of the same genes that dinosaurs might have had!). She has broad experience translating between English and Spanish, ranging from scientific and technical documents to poetry and literature.

Valeska Maria Populoh grew up in a small town in Germany, immersed in storytelling and rituals. Tales of saints wafting through plumes of smoke in the cathedral blended together with mesmerizing puppet shows beamed in from Poland and the folktalesher mother read to her from thick, brown tomes. The calendar was filled with community celebrations lantern processions on St. Martin s Day, annual eruptions of color and costume for Carnival. Her childhood was imbued with richness and color. When she moved to America as a young girl, she tumbled headlong into that perplexing terrain of not speaking a language and so improvising pantomime to communicate. Her best tools were picture books and a sticker album her teacher made for her, in which she recorded the words she learned. Art, music and gym class were her solace. From this grew a strong and abiding fascination with language, the power of the body and images to communicate without words, and a sensitivity to feelings of otherness, and the value of community. After years of nomadism, both geographic and professional, she now resides in Baltimore, Maryland, engaged in the community as a puppeteer, performer, artist, and teacher. Making art and illustrating dinosaurs is one part of this life, dedicated to celebrating creativity, making joyful, enriching and colorful experiences available and accessible to others, and supporting youth in their endeavor to find their own creative voice.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Three Conditions Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0972124160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972124164
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,891,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a collection of poems about dinosaur names, written in English
and Spanish, and richly illustrated with the named dinosaurs. The book
is primarily aimed at children 4-12 years old, but can profitably be read
by persons of all ages, who wish to learn some elementary dinosaur
nomenclature, or who wish to build up their elementary skills in English
or Spanish. The end of the book includes an alphabetical glossary of all
the dinosaurs named in the book: the etymology of dinosaur names (e.g.,
archaeopteryx ("ancient wing"): archaio = ancient, pteryx = wing), diet,
locomotion, and interesting notes. In a sense, the reader gets four languages
for the price of two, since dinosaur word-roots are Latin and Greek,
the two languages which contribute most of the vocabulary to modern science
and technology. Children who learn these word-roots will meet them again
in their general science, chemistry, and biology courses.

In the golden age of poetry, from William Shakespeare and Miguel
de Cervantes-Saavedra to the end of the nineteenth century, poetry
had a larger purpose than collections of catchy words and phrases
about love, war, and wilderness scenery. The best poets were
not only masters of rhyme, dactyls, and hexameters, but also understood
the theology, cosmology, natural science, and medicine of their day.
Long before I ever saw their words on the printed page, my dad took
our family on long Sunday drives, and recited poems of Samuel Taylor
Coleridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
as he drove us along the rural roads of central Michigan. This was
my first, pre-school education.
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Dinosaur Name Poems is a wonderful collection of thirty poems that introduces children to the world of the dinosaurs and explains the meaning of those very-difficult-to-pronounce dinosaur names. Author, Steven Cunningham, does an admirable job rhyming some very long words (gracious, ostentatious, Compsognathus), and it's clear that he enjoys doing so. Also impressive is the fact that the Spanish translations also rhyme.

The witty poems are accompanied by whimsical watercolor illustrations of the now-extinct reptiles.

This is a great book for young dinosaur lovers. My dinosaur lover, age six, really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it too. I found the glossary of technical terms and prehistoric creatures at the end of the book , to be very imformative, and I enjoyed testing my knowledge of Spanish when reading the Spanish translations. This is a book I would highly recommend.
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English/Spanish book for kids, my toddler loves it, illustrations are very well done. Good explanations of word origins, it will be a hit for years to come
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"Colorful, artistic illustrations and a thoughtful text accompany each dinosaur poem. The book is a wonderful addition to any child or school's collection."
- Nancy Lewis, expert in early childhood education and author of Count-a-Saurus (Alladin, 1992).

"Beautiful illustrations and whimsical poems lead readers on a wonderful exploration of prehistory, all of which can be summarized by that all-important word: FUN."
- Dr. Richard A. Kissel, paleontologist and Director of Teacher Programs at the Paleontological Research Institution of Ithaca, NY.

"Thank you to Steven Clark Cunningham, for his boyhood soul and for bringing us, children and grown-ups alike, the fascinating world of our dinosaur friends. The pages in this book are filled with innocence, beauty, and wisdom - the wisdom of transforming poetry into adventure."
- Susana Oviedo, school teacher, Vitoria , Spain
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This unique childrens' book delights in a number of ways. Cunningham's poems are educational, sweet, surprising and just plain fun. Younger children will love the whimsical illustrations, while older children (and adults) will treasure the poems, and all will learn something about dinosaurs. The simultaneous use of English and Spanish will fascinate any curious child. Kudos to Three Conditions Press for publishing this little gem.
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Although my second language is German, my college student son is minoring in Spanish and strives to counsel children. We read this together and absolutely loved it! The dinosaurs come alive as you read about them and we found great humor in comparing many of the descriptions to people in our lives.
This is a colorful, easily understood and wonderful educational resource for all!
Cathy "Rex" Stanfield
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