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Summary: Mouse can't find his dinosaur. He has seen lots of dinosaurs, but they are too bumpy, or too rough. Where is his dinosaur? On each page a dinosaur with a featured body part has textured material embedded into the page (slippery flippers, fuzzy tail, etc.). On the last page we finally find "my dinosaur." This is an interactive board book that engages listeners to discover texture.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 2; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 0 to 3
Age of Child: Shared with 9-month old boy and 3-year-old boy. Read by 6-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Both my boys loved the book. They were stimulated by the different textures and also enjoyed the bright colors on each page. This is one that they wanted to read several times, and the 3-year-old picked it out, too.
6-year-old girl: With one reading our child caught on to this book and could "read" it herself. Although it is for a younger audience, she really likes this book and has regularly asked to read it.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked that my 9-month-old was stimulated by it from the first reading. On the second reading he immediately reached his fingers to the textured areas. This is a great book. It's sturdy enough for toddlers, but, as we discovered, still valuable for older children who may be sensory seekers like our daughter.
Pros: This sturdy, well-designed board book offers pre-readers something fun to explore, and new readers a perfect chance to practice reading ... and still feel connected to something familiar. It has just the right amount of illustrations and colors for infants.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. I loved this book, but it is best suited for infants and young toddler. At nearly 3, my son is at the "old" stage of suitability and the learning value is minimal for him. Still, the bright colors and sturdy pages make this fun for toddlers and preschoolers. We love the book's potential for helping an emerging reader, too.
Educational Themes: The book offers readers a chance to explore texture. Although it appears to have been written for infants, even young toddlers will be engaged by a discussion of the differences between textures and relating the textures in the book with other real-world textures (i.e., what else is soft?) You can expand the learning by doing the same thing with your child's lovey. Find similar objects to contrast/compare characteristics. Its value for helping children with sensory processing disorders should not be discounted, regardless of the child's age.