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If you meet a dinosaur

if you meet a dinosaurPaul Bright, Hannah George (illus)
Little Tiger Press
A
ge 0-5

This is a story about Meg Mummisaurus who is looking for a good place for her egg to hatch safely. Her search takes some time as she meets lots of noisy, clumsy dinosaurs on the way. The story rhymes and has a strong rhythm that reads a bit like a rap poem, making it ideal for joining in. The illustrations are bold and funny too.

 

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Read aloud
Before starting to read the book talk about the cover picture and the title which poses an interesting question ‘if you meet a dinosaur what would you do?’ Have fun reading the story aloud to your child enjoying the rhythm and rhyme together.

Join in
Children will enjoy joining in with the exclamations perhaps wagging a finger as they say lines such as ‘Watch where you’re wagging your tail!’ You could point to these words as children join in. Children can also swagger, shake, stamp and stomp along with all the dinosaurs. You could leave gaps as you read for children to  supply the missing rhymes.

Talk about the story
You could talk about the different places Meg Mummisaurus puts her egg, why she decides to keep moving it, and what’s happening at the end of the story.

Things to make and do

3-5 year olds will also enjoy some of these activities:

Make a dinosaur egg
You need a balloon, white and blue tissue paper and glue (wallpaper paste glue or PVA).  Cover a balloon with glue. Stick on torn pieces of white tissue paper. Cover with several layers of glue and tissue (between 4 and 6) leave the tissue covered balloon to dry. This may take a day or two. Pop the balloon .You will have an egg shape made of tissue.

A nest can be made from twigs or screwed up newspaper.

Play the story
Children could retell the story using their toys as dinosaurs and moving their nest and egg to different places as Meg does in the story. This kind of play will help them understand story structure and enable them to try out some of the language.

Make a label
Children could make a ‘do not disturb’ sign to go with their dinosaur nest, once they have found somewhere safe
to put it.

      

Find out more

Read more books by Paul Bright, titles include:

Under the Bed

Quiet!

Crunch, Munch Dinosaur Lunch!

I’m Not Going Out There!

Nobody Laughs at a Lion