My Teacher Is a Dinosaur

And Other Prehistoric Poems, Jokes, Riddles, & Amazing Facts
48p. 978-0-76145-708-4.
Gr 2—5—Organized chronologically, this collection zips through prehistoric times, starting about 4.5 billion years ago when "a new planet was formed." Each page hits the highlights of a period, focusing primarily on living things. "Let's go to the Cretaceous/inside a time machine,/the creatures are voracious,/excitable and mean." The digitally drawn and painted illustrations are all captioned and include pronunciations. Varied fonts help to keep the busy pages organized so that the poetry is distinguishable from riddles, etc. An excellent time line helps put everything into perspective. An introductory note reminds readers that the dates are estimates and facts are subject to change with new discoveries. Overall the tantalizing facts and pictures in this book will stimulate readers' curiosity.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
This tour of prehistoric life, beginning with the formation of the earth, presents basic information about natural history; the time of the dinosaurs gets the most attention. There is much in the text and illustrations to engage readers: rhyming poems, limerick riddles, jokes, and varied digital illustrations of plants, animals, and their environments. It's all a little busy but generally effective. Timeline.

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