It's Friday and that means it's time for Perfect Picture Books, thanks to the amazing efforts of Susanna Hill. Earlier this week I finally took a trip to the library with both my son, the four year old who chose last week's book, and a list of books I've been wanting to read with him since this series started. The library only had two of them, but I'm hoping the others will arrive soon via inter-library loan. We had a great time, he and I, reading new books-some of which he asked to read over again. It's amazing how much young minds absorb! So, for this week I went back to our bookshelf and found a book that I loved reading as much as my kids enjoyed listening to it. I'm still hoping for the Dinoplane book to come out!
Title: All Aboard the Dinotrain
Written by: Deb Lund
Illustrated by: Howard Fine
Published by Harcourt, Inc., 2006
Suitable for: Preschool and up.
Theme/Topics: Dinosaurs, trains, accidents, recovery, fun
Overview/Synopsis: "They're loading up the dinotrain/ With coal and lumber, oil and grain/ And high above the whistle's chord,/ Ring dinoshouts of "All Aboard." This is the opening from the first page. As the dinosaurs, of several varying types board the train, it's clear each one his has own job, and all are looking forward to the ride. Amidst mishaps and challenges, the dinosaurs arrive safely at their destination and are already looking forward to the next adventure on the Dinoplane.
Activities: Have children name their favorite dinosaurs and make a train for them. Take toy dinosaurs and put them on their own train to follow the adventures of the Dinotrain. Ask children if they could be a dinosaur, whit kind would it be?
Why I Chose This Book: I picked this book up years ago on a whim while in the bookstore. It turned out to be an instant hit in my house with both of my boys. It was also one of my favorites to read once I mastered the meter of the rhyme, which is not difficult; I'm sure I was just tired.