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MY TEACHER IS A DINOSAUR by Loreen Leedy

MY TEACHER IS A DINOSAUR

And Other Prehistoric Poems, Jokes, Riddles, & Amazing Facts

By Loreen Leedy (Author) , Loreen Leedy (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5708-4
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

What do you get when you combine punny jokes and riddles with diamond poems and rhyming verse? When it’s from Leedy, you get a whole lot of learning (just don’t tell the kids). Her latest introduces readers to the history of the Earth and its plants and animals. Children will have no problem following the succession of life through the pages, from the beginnings of the Earth, with bacteria making oxygen and life in the sea, to the early insects, first forests and dinosaurs that covered the land. Each spread presents one topic with a poem conveying the primary information; surrounding that poem are goofy riddles, factlets and question-limericks that expand on it. The pages are unapologetically jam-packed with information, but they never overwhelm. Lots of smaller pictures make up each spread, creating a visual flow for the facts (there is a disclaimer about habitats and exact time periods). Backmatter shows a timeline from Earth’s formation to the present day. Prehistoric time was never this much fun. (Informational picture book. 8-12)