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Dinosaur Name Poems/Poemas De Nombres De Dinosaurios (English and Spanish Edition) Paperback – January 1, 2009
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
- 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
This is a colorful, easily understood and wonderful educational resource for all!
Cathy "Rex" Stanfield
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wasn't sure my little girl (now 18 months) would be as into this book as some of her others. She loves it! Read morePublished on November 19, 2009 by Erica Sutton
Wonderful book for young and old. Great source to learn about prehistoric creatures, made fun. Awesome poems in English, translated in Spanish along with colorful illustrations. Read morePublished on November 15, 2009 by Debra A. Fugate
I read this delightful book with my two grandsons. We had great fun. We were surprised to find that a dinosaur that was as vicious looking as the Velociraptor was common egg... Read morePublished on November 14, 2009 by Anton D. Kaempfer
The vibrant colors on the front cover was what drew my attention to this book...at first. But, once I opened the book and started reading, I could not stop turning each page that... Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by S. Kidd