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Mar 06 2017

How many dinosaurs deep? by Ben Kitchin and Vicky Fieldhouse

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New Frontier Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9781925059731
(Age: 4+) Warmly recommended. Dinosaurs. Fear. Anxiety. Jim is quite happy in the baby pool, but the time has come to move into the middle pool. Mum helps him by telling him that the water would hardly touch a stegosaurus' knee. Jim is amazed and keeps on asking Mum questions about other water receptacles: the fishbowl, the bath, the big pool, the water at the end of the jetty, the river near uncle's shack, the water in the big blue lake, and finally she gives him the dimensions of the Pacific Ocean. Each time he asks about one water source, she responds with a dinosaur and its measurements, allowing the child to see how big one thing is by comparing it with the other.
Readers will learn about a variety of differing dinosaurs and their size as well as learning to compare them with something they know.
With his fears allayed, Jim is able to jump into the pool, knowing that it only comes up to a stegosaurus' knee.
At the end of the book is a double page with information about the eight dinosaurs mentioned, which will thrill the hearts of all those early and middle primary readers who cannot get enough books about dinosaurs.
Fran Knight

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