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I picked up a copy of Harry and the Dinosaurs go wild from our local library a few weeks ago. My son is just beginning to enjoy the world of Dinosaurs and so this book is an ideal choice.
Harry and the dinosaurs is a TV series and series of books by Ian Why brow. The basis of these stories is that Harry found a box full of dinosaurs in his Nan's loft who became his friends. He cleaned the dinosaurs up and now he takes them everywhere with him and they often travel in a bucket.
One thing I do love about the Harry and the dinosaurs books is that in the front page they have pictures of all his dinosaurs with the names and how to pronounce the names which I do find really helpful.
The story itself is of Harry and his family go on a trip to the safari park. They have a lovely time and Sam, His sister asks if they have any pandas they are told that they are endangered species. This piece of information is the start of Harry's campaign to help the endangered species. Sam knocks Harry's attempts but Harry designs some posters for the local shops with the dinosaurs. Sadly his pictures are too small for posters but Mr Bopsom has another idea for the pictures so that Harry and his dinosaurs can help the endangered animals.
I do love this book for many reasons.
I do think while these books are fun books to read they do stretch children educationally. Endangered species are a very important topic which was treated with the seriousness it needs but also turned it into a fun book.
It also compares the rhinoceros to the triceratops which is actually ideal for my son as I am currently trying to teach him about similar things with differences.
I do find humour in how Harry Responds to Sam when she upsets him. In this book he makes her smudge her lipstick and even though you can see the reasons why he gets annoyed with Sam He is always taken to calm down so there is a subliminal message that this behaviour isn't acceptable.
My son does now have a favourite dinosaur based on what he has learnt from these books. His favourite is Triceratops although closely followed by pterodactyl. He is still learning the names of the other dinosaurs but the diagrams with names at the front and the back of the book are very helpful for him.
The story itself is an ideal length for my son it is long enough to have an actual story with a little depth so makes it far more interesting for me to read. The book still does move at a fast pace which keeps my son interested.
I do also like the illustrations. While the dinosaurs do all have friendly faces they are relatively accurate impressions of how we think dinosaurs looked. The illustrations are bright colourful and we discover something new each time we read the book.
My son loves this book and will ask for it to be read on a regular basis. It is a book that we do enjoy together. I would think this version would suit any preschool child from three years upwards and maybe even a little older. This book also is not just for boys. My neighbours little girls who are heavily into princess and fairy tale world still love this book.
If you haven't tried Harry and his dinosaur books I can strongly
recommend this one. It is a fun and educational experience for everyone.
After receiving this particular gift set for Christmas last year, it seems I have read and re-read these books that I will now review one of, time and time again!
The book I will now review is - "Harry and the dinosaurs go wild by Ian Whybrow".
The basic premise behind these stories, if you have never seen the programme that the books are based on, is a little boy called Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs and the adventures they get upto, whether it be in Harry's world or dinoworld.
This particular story is quite nice in the respect it actively encourages the chid reader to believe that even though they are little, there is so much they can achieve with a bit of luck and a lot of hard ork to boot.
The story starts with Harry and his family, usually his mum, sister Sam and his nan, taking a trip around a drive through safari park.
After a conversation with his sister, she mentions the fact that some of the animals that were not featured within the park (ie pandas), due to the fact that they are endangered.
This of course spiked Harry's interest and asked so many question about what endangered actually means, that Harry's mum helps him to do research via the internet.
After seeing there are many, many animals on the endangered list, Harry and the dinosaurs decide that they must do something to raise awareness, and with the help of a local bookshop keeper, Mr Bopsom, they do just that, I mean after all, the animals don't want to become extinct, like Harry's dinosaurs!
This is a lovely book. On every page there are top to bottom illustrations that are vibrant and detailed, with there being something new to be seen every time you read the book.
The text is simple and on the short side, but not what I would deem as a starter reader book, much more suitable for a parent/child reading session, though my little Harry (Connor), loves to point at the dinosaurs and get me to read out the different names of them, this is easy enough to achieve, as in the back of the book, each name has been spelled out in the way it should be spoken.
Pricewise these are available for around the £5.00 mark via www.amazon.co.uk
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Thanks for reading x