“One morning, before Mrs. Raptor rang the bell, the dinosaurs were playing in the school yard. All of a sudden they heard a roar: ‘MINE! MINE! MINE!”
In my house, reading The Mine-o-Saur is a very loud and exciting event. The reason I chose this book as a perfect picture book is mainly because of the way my children roar, “MINE! MINE! MINE!” I’m surprised my neighbors haven’t called the cops. It’s that much fun.
And, it’s written in both prose and verse. How cool is that? Although, I have to admit, sometimes I slip up when I’m really getting into a rhyme scheme. The switch from rhyme to prose isn’t always natural, but for the most part, it flows really well. There are also subtle clues to help you with reading aloud. The prose uses black font and the verse is in red.
Oh, and did I mention that The Mine-o-Saur teaches kids to share. Don’t know about you, but sharing is definitely an issue with my kids. Therefore, I love the moral: “share, or you won’t have any friends.” Yes, it sounds awful saying that you won’t have any friends if you don’t do this or do that, but that’s just my wording, not the author’s. The moral about learning to share is very subtle and nicely worked into the story, and, of course, there’s a happy ending for the mine-o-saur.
A fun activity to complement this book is…sharing! Get out a plate of cookies or another yummy snack and let your children decide how to divide them up. Talk about the reasons for their decisions.
Another way to teach sharing is through art. Get out the art supplies for a dinosaur project, but make sure there aren’t enough scissors and glue for everyone. Let the kids interact. Afterward, talk about the project and how they felt while making it. Were kids helpful to each other? Were they thinking about how they could help others? Or did they just focus on their own project?
Themes: Sharing, Friendship, Dinosaurs
Title: The Mine-o-Saur
Author: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Illustrator: David Clark
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (September 20, 2007)
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