by Syd Hoff
Reading Level 1.7
|Setting:||All around the town|
|Characters:||Danny, the dinosaur, the people and children of the town|
|Plot:||Danny went to the museum and saw many wonderful things. He especially liked the dinosaurs and wished he could play with one.|
|Solution:||All of a sudden, Danny hears a voice, and there is a dinosaur that wants to play with him.|
|Summary:||Danny loves dinosaurs! So when one at the museum speaks to him, he is very excited. Danny and the dinosaur embark on a wonderful journey around town. They walk through the city with Danny riding on the dinosaur's back. They amaze a police officer, a dog, and the people in the buildings and on the street. The dinosaur is helpful, too. He becomes a bridge, a bus, and a boat when necessary. He is the best attraction at the zoo, much to the dismay of all the other animals. He is the best playmate Danny has ever had, and Danny wants to keep him. But the dinosaur says he has to go back to the museum. Danny decides this is for the best because there's no room at his house for a dinosaur anyway.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Dinosaur unit, imagination theme, story writing|
Ask how many children have ever been to a museum. This will get them talking about their own experiences. Ask how many have ever seen a dinosaur skeleton at a museum.
Show the students the cover of the book. Ask: Why do you think there is a little boy riding on a dinosaur? Where do you think they might be going?
Have the children do the following exercise: Close your eyes and picture yourself riding on a dinosaur through the streets of a town. What could you see from that high up that you wouldn't be able to see while walking on the sidewalk?
Ask students where they would look to find a true (nonfiction) book about dinosaurs. Use this opportunity to review how the students can use the computer catalog to look up [dinosaur.]