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Tiny Dino



written and illustrated by
Deborah Freedman

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Viking
ISBN
9780593352649
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JLG Category

Kindergarten Plus

Did you know dinosaurs still roam the earth?

A small but mighty bird declares it is a dinosaur! But no one believes that dinosaurs still exist. How can it be a dinosaur when it is so little? Dinosaurs didn’t have feathers…or did they? This tiny dino is here to explain to its animal friends that birds are, in fact, dinosaurs, and all creatures are connected to one big animal family. With a playful ensemble of animal characters and dynamic bursts of dialogue, celebrated author and illustrator Deborah Freedman has created a spirited and informative picture book for dinosaur lovers of all ages.

Author’s note. Resources. Full-color illustrations. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

2: points 0.5

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2022

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Birds. Dinosaurs. Animals. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-While countless picture books feature dinosaurs in all kinds of stories, fewer focus on the connection to their descendants. This story previews with a triceratops, a T. rex, and a burning meteor in the background but really gets started when teeny but enthusiastic hummingbird bursts onto the title page proclaiming "I'm a dinosaur! I'm a dinosaur!" in response to "Did you know that dinosaurs STILL roam the earth?" A turtle questions this claim as the wee bird's feet are "too small to stomp and clomp" but the hummingbird remains undaunted, demonstrating how similar its feet are to the T. rex's. A frog and a mole further contest the bird's assertions but it proves that what it lacks in size it makes up for in fierceness. The appearance of a crocodile (who denies being a dinosaur) briefly startles the "tiny dino" but soon more parallels are drawn ("Look, I have scales on my toes. And you have scales on your feet!") to establish a family tree connection and declare their cousin status. Freedman uses occasional bursts of orange and pink, textural watercolor splashes, and changes in speech balloon/font size to convey emotions and emphasize statements on spreads that are otherwise awash in cheerful greens and blues. Fainter line-drawn diagrams of dinosaur anatomy and other pertinent information appear in the backgrounds, illustrating the comparison concepts without overwhelming the action. An author's note provides a few more characteristics that dinosaurs and birds share, mentions their common ancestors as well as the extinction event, and supplies a short list of resources about dinosaurs. VERDICT This is another charmer from Freedman, seamlessly mixing nonfiction, humor, a meditation on interconnections, and a lot of heart.-Yelena Voysey

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-While countless picture books feature dinosaurs in all kinds of stories, fewer focus on the connection to their descendants. This story previews with a triceratops, a T. rex, and a burning meteor in the background but really gets started when teeny but enthusiastic hummingbird bursts onto the title page proclaiming "I'm a dinosaur! I'm a dinosaur!" in response to "Did you know that dinosaurs STILL roam the earth?" A turtle questions this claim as the wee bird's feet are "too small to stomp and clomp" but the hummingbird remains undaunted, demonstrating how similar its feet are to the T. rex's. A frog and a mole further contest the bird's assertions but it proves that what it lacks in size it makes up for in fierceness. The appearance of a crocodile (who denies being a dinosaur) briefly startles the "tiny dino" but soon more parallels are drawn ("Look, I have scales on my toes. And you have scales on your feet!") to establish a family tree connection and declare their cousin status. Freedman uses occasional bursts of orange and pink, textural watercolor splashes, and changes in speech balloon/font size to convey emotions and emphasize statements on spreads that are otherwise awash in cheerful greens and blues. Fainter line-drawn diagrams of dinosaur anatomy and other pertinent information appear in the backgrounds, illustrating the comparison concepts without overwhelming the action. An author's note provides a few more characteristics that dinosaurs and birds share, mentions their common ancestors as well as the extinction event, and supplies a short list of resources about dinosaurs. VERDICT This is another charmer from Freedman, seamlessly mixing nonfiction, humor, a meditation on interconnections, and a lot of heart.-Yelena Voysey

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