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Would Your Child Invite a Tyrannosaurus Rex to Their Birthday Party?

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

A t-rex and a birthday party combine to create an engaging picture book for young readers

Dinosaurs and birthday parties are two of a child's favorite subjects. Jill Esbaum combines both of these subjects in her new picture book "If A T.Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party" that will readily engage young readers. A young boy narrates the hilarious events that occur when a t-rex crashes his birthday party and young readers will find themselves laughing at each event. The t-rex pops the bouncy house, becomes angry when he doesn't get to blow out the candles, and breaks the pinata. Patience is a virtue when a t-rex crashes your birthday party. The birthday boy orders the t-rex to leave and the surprising response will provide a happy ending to the story.

Dasha Tolstikova contributes her talent with large, brightly colored illustrations. Each page is filled with comical scenes from the events that occur at the party. The illustrations are those that young children will find familiar with the bouncy house, birthday gifts, and games that are typically played at a birthday party. And of course there are birthday balloons in bright colors. The t-rex is illustrated in a bright blue-green color and his size is well illustrated to fill each page. The party goers are engaging with their facial expressions as the t-rex romps around the party. The text also adds to the illustrations with large and sometimes colorful print.

"If A T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party" was published by Sterling Children's Books and is recommended for ages 3-7. It has an ISBN of 9781454915508.

T-rex teaches patience in a fun read-aloud

Would you invite a t-rex to your party?

Would you invite a t-rex to your party?

Let's party!


Picture books aid in visual literacy for beginning readers

Large print and illustrations are always part of an engaging picture book for beginning readers. "If A T.Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party" has both elements that create a perfect picture book. Large illustrations are always helpful when a picture book is shared to a classroom group reading in that all children are able to see the book. Effective picture books also contain lots of colorful illustrations. Beginning readers use the illustrations to figure out what the text says. Children will often "read" the story from beginning to end by using the illustrations. Dramatic participatory reading is also encouraged in an effective picture book. The large print with the dinosaur's "Roar" in this read-aloud encourages dramatic reading with children eager to recreate the dinosaur's loud roaring. Color that is used in the print of a picture book also is an effective tool in engaging young children. Esbaum uses this with her use of the red color in the word "mad" when the dinosaur is angry. Red is an associative color for this emotion. Finally, a good picture book encourages beginning readers to extend the reading experience. Children will want to draw or paint their reactions to the t-rex that invades the birthday party in this fun read aloud.

Engaging illustrations create beginning readers

Large print encourages dramatic choral reading

Large print encourages dramatic choral reading

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Patience is illustrated with birthday boy's ENOUGH

Life lesson of patience comes with this read aloud

Life lesson of patience comes with this read aloud

Fans of picture books for beginning readers

Early childhood teachers are fans of picture books for young children. I am one of those fans who used a variety of picture books in my prekindergarten and kindergarten classes for 32 years. Experience taught me that all of the elements of a great picture book always create an exciting reading activity for young children. I found that my class would always want to extend the life of a group reading by drawing pictures of a book that we would read during the day. I would also use picture books to teach a phonics lesson. Alphabet letters that are especially featured in a book such as the "R" in the roar of this dinosaur are always fun to teach when the children can relate to the sound of the letter. Parents can also use this technique at home when reading aloud to their child,

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Facts about dinosaurs

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which dinosaur is most likely the largest?
    • T Rex
    • stegosaurus
  2. Did dinosaurs eat both plants and other animals?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. How did dinosaurs become extinct?
    • The "big bang"
    • No one really knows
    • Environmental factors

Answer Key

  1. T Rex
  2. Yes
  3. The "big bang"

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