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DINOSAUR BABIES (Step Into Reading, Step 2)

Author: Lucille Recht Penner

Illustrator: Peter Barrett

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Publisher: Random House Children's Books,

Material: paperback

Summary: What were Dinosaur babies like? We see how we know what we know about dinosaurs and their babies, including looking at fossils (bones, eggs, nests), and theories about how babies interacted with their mothers, with predators, and in a herd. The text is simple yet packed with facts for an engaging read for animal and dinosaur lovers. This easy reader can also be used as a picture book with younger dinosaur-crazy kids.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, easy reader, learning to read, transitional reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read with and by boys ages 4 and 6.

Young Reader Reaction: My boys LOVED this book. They loved learning about dinosaurs, babies and adults alike. My 6 year old worked through the pages with some help.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the book and was impressed at how it simplified dinosaur facts to a level an early reader. The content was engaging and interesting, NOT dumbed down. Great illustrations round out this book as a must-have for early readers who are open to dinosaur lore! For the most adventurous, the illustrations are labeled with the names of the dinosaurs -- why not give them a try? At a minimum, the adult can say them for the kids who are interested in what each dinosaur is.

Pros: Fantastic illustrations and wonderful vocabulary combine in this book with a great theme for an early reader.

Cons: None, really. Compared to other Step-Into-Reading books, I feel the level of this book is on the high end of 2, possibly a low 3, based on the number of words on each page and the complexity of the words ("enemies," "guarded," "breathed"). However, there was a fair amount of repetition and easy words (read: confidence-building words) on the pages.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! Definitely a great book to share with a child and also for them to read aloud as they are learning to read! It has good vocabulary that meets them where they are but also stretches them, too.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ALPHABET OF DINOSAURS   INSIDE-OUTSIDE DINOSAURS   DINOMUMMY; The life, Death and Discovery of Dakota A Dinosaur from Hell Creek

Educational Themes: In the process of building vocabulary and learning to read, kids will learn about dinosaur biology and ecology.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader, animal stoires, dinosaurs, nature, science, series

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2012

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