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Book Review: T. Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur

14 Apr

71Cy65dyoBL._AC_UL320_SR284,320_Abrams Books for Young Readers sent me T. Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Katherina Manolessou to review.

“Reginald the T. Rex had a fierce and mighty roar!” He also happened to be a vegetarian T. Rex, choosing broccoli, beans, grapes, and greens. This is an interesting take on being a vegetarian – being different from his family and friends. There are few picture books about being vegetarian and I like how accessible this story is for young children – kids love dinos!

The story itself has a great rhyme and rhythm to it. I love rhyming books – they are so fun to read out loud. There was just one stanza that tripped me up, and it happens regularly in picture books. The word again being used to rhyme with games – and it may all depend on how you pronounce again, but it’s something that tripped me up the first time I read through the story.

The illustrations are bright and bold with pinks, oranges, greens and reds. The illustrator is also a printmaker which can be seen in the illustrators with print-like layers of colors which makes for very busy and exciting illustrations that would make for great conversation with children about food choice, healthy eating and what it means to be a friend.

Picture Book Month Theme: Dinosaurs

10 Nov

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You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Dinosaurumpus! by Tony Mitton
  2. Brontorina by James Howe
  3. Dinosaurs Galore! by Giles Andreae
  4. Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
  5. Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems
  6. Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland
  7. I’m Bad! by Kate and Jim McMullan
  8. Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein
  9. The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell
  10. I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur by Stella Blackstone

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Picture Book Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

14 Jun

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  1. Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems (October 25)
  2. Quit Calling Me a Monster! by Jory John (August 23)
  3. We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen (October 11)
  4. The Magic Word by Mac Barnett (October 4)
  5. The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage (July 5)
  6. The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora (July 19)
  7. Maple & Willow’s Christmas Tree by Lori Nichols (October 18)
  8. Pirasaurs! by Josh Funk (August 30)
  9. Max at Night by Ed Vere (September 3)
  10. Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins (October 18)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Blogging From A to Z: Dinosaurs

5 Apr

Letter D.jpgDuring the month of April, I’ll be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  My theme for the month is Storytime Plans From A to Z.  Each plan will have eight stories as well as four songs, fingerplays or rhymes to match the theme!  As you can see, I’ll try and attribute where I found all of this fun (and often you can find it in multiple places).  My goal is to make storytime planning a little easier on myself in the future and to make storytime planning for other librarians easy as well!

Book List:

  1. How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen
  2. Dinosaurumpus! by Tony Mitton
  3. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
  4. I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur by Stella Blackstone
  5. Shape By Shape by Suse MacDonald
  6. Dinosaur Vs. the Library by Bob Shea
  7. Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont
  8. Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland

Songs & Rhymes:
One Dinosaur Went Out to Play
One dinosaur went out to play
On a giant fern one day
She had such enormous fun
That she called for another dinosaur to come:
(Raise hands to cup mouth, and call loudly) Oh, Diiiiiiiiiinosaur!
(Slap hands on thighs to make “running” sounds)

Two dinosaurs went out to play…
Three dinosaurs…
Four dinosaurs…

Five dinosaurs went out to play
On a giant fern one day
They had such enormous fun
That they played until the day was done!

Dino Ditty
Here he comes just a stomping with his feet singing
“Dino ditty, ditty dum, ditty do.” Kids sang this part with me
Searching all round for something good to eat singing,
“Dino ditty, ditty dum ditty do.”
He’s huge, (He’s huge), He’s strong, (He’s strong.)
He’s huge, he’s strong, won’t be hungry very long.
“Dino ditty, ditty dum , ditty do.”
“Dino ditty, ditty dum, ditty do.”

Dinosaur, Dinosaur
Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur, reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur, wink one eye
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur, slap your knees
Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit down please

Dino-Pokey
You put your claws in,
You take your claws out,
You put your claws in,
And you scratch ’em all about.
You do the dino pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

You put your feet in
You put your feet out
You put your feet in
And you stomp them all about.
You do the dino pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

You put your teeth in
You put your teeth out
You put your teeth in
And chomp them all about.
You do the dino pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

You put your tail in
You put your tail out
You put your tail in
And you wag it all about
You do the dino pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

Toddler Storytime Theme: Dinosaurs

9 Mar

DINOSAURS

This was my last storytime for the session and the kids were so excited by the theme!  They had an awesome time ROARING with Bob Shea’s book and anytime I asked what kind of dinosaur was pictured in Snappy Little Dinosaurs a few of my littlest’s friends would just yell “DINOSAUR!” I was thinking about doing Tyson the Terrible but with weather in the 60s the kids were more than ready to move, so I added an extra wiggles activity to keep the kids moving.  This will definitely be a repeat theme in my storytime!

Opening: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”

Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

Early Literacy Tip: Feeling as though you’ve read the same book over and over and over again?  This is important and teaches little ones how language works, but if you need something new, ask a librarian for some suggestions!

Book 1: Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea

Transition:One Dinosaur Went Out to Play
One dinosaur went out to play
On a giant fern one day
She had such enormous fun
That she called for another dinosaur to come:
Raise hands to cup mouth, and call loudly: Oh, Diiiiiiiiiinosaur!
Slap hands on thighs to make “running” sounds.

Two dinosaurs went out to play…
Three dinosaurs…
Four dinosaurs…

Five dinosaurs went out to play
On a giant fern one day
They had such enormous fun
That they played until the day was done!

Wiggles:Once There Was a Snowman
Once was there was a snowman, snowman, snowman
Once there was a snowman
Tall, tall, tall
In the sun he melted, he melted, he melted
In the sun he melted
Small, small, small

Book 2: Dinosaur Stomp! By Paul Stickland

Transition: “We Are the Dinosaurs” Whaddaya Think of That? – Laurie Berkner Band

Book 3: Snappy Little Dinosaurs by Dugald Steer

Wiggles:Zoom Zoom Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip
climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Blast off!

Closing: “Shake My Sillies Out” Puppet Show

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