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If Dogs Were Dinosaurs

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With his on-the-mark instinct for making math fun and easy, the best-selling author of How Much Is a Million returns with another explosively energetic math book!

If your dog were the size of a dinosaur, his dinner would fill your bedroom! If the moon were the size of a marble, earth would fit in your hands! If your submarine sandwich was as big as its name, the pickle woul
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Scholastic Press
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Here’s a playful and creative look at the mathematics of relative proportion.

This book is a playful book filled with incredible illustrations. It can be used to present a fun read aloud for K-2 or can be used with math concepts. The author compares and illustrates size and proportion. For example, " If the moon were a marble, you could play baseball with planet Earth." At the back of the book, the author

At the back, David Schwartz gives us the numbers and calculations he used, and poses some ne
I used to always think about this kind of stuff when I was little. It is technically about ratios and proportions, but I don't think the average kid would see it that way. The idea is that if, for example, a sub sandwich were actually as big as a submarine, then the pickle slices would be big enough to surf on. It just makes you think outside the box.
If Dogs Were Dinosaurs by David M Schwartz is a creative of looking at math and science in ways that make them fun. "If your dog were the size of a dinosaur, his dinner would fill your bedroom." Schwartz uses proportions and relative size to make math fun and exciting. Each page is filled with more math than you realize, because Schwartz does the math for you! What is left behind is an accessible view of the world while making big things seem small and turning small things into big things. What ...more
Laken Doom
This book is informational and grabs your attention from the beginning! The book "If Dogs were Dinosaurs" was written by David Schwartz and illustrated by James Warhola. This book teaches math in a fun and hidden way of epic proportions. The difference between how much your dog eats now and how much he would eat if he was the size of a dinosaur is the reference to the title and the first proportion we see! The book goes throughout many scientific, sports and outdoor references and will give stud ...more
May 29, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Once again, David M. Schwartz has made a complex concept very understandable. We've read both How Much Is a Million? 20th Anniversary Edition and If You Made a Million, that helped us understand large numbers. This book is very similar in that it helps us comprehend relative sizes. I loved that he explained that the proportional difference between the Earth and the Moon is like a baseball and a 2cm marble. So cool. The illustrations are fantastic and funny and the almost unimaginable sizes of th ...more
Dec 08, 2014 Audrey added it
David Schwartz tricks us in the best way into doing mathematics. In this story If Dogs were Dinosaurs it makes you think into proportions and rationalizing. Through chuckles and smiles you hardly notice the math problems he puts into his text like if dinosaurs were dogs they would fit in your entire room. The illustrations are hilarious with the projections of dinosaurs so domesticated it will tickle the children right in their imagination
not so good one, despite what sounds like a great idea

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Feb 19, 2012 Trang rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: math
This book is about relative size and proportions. It has great illustrations and the story really allows children to see the relationship between two objects and all the possibilities if certain things were as big or as small as others. There are also great math problems at the back of the book that explain and then allow for children to work out their own proportions.
A book dealing with relative size. Much too old for the toddlers and preschoolers. I think some in the K-5 group might pick up on it. And they might find it interesting. But is it one that can be read aloud in a storytime? This seems more like one a child should sit down with and think about. Perhaps I can book talk it.
This was way above my three-year-old's comprehension level, but I found it interesting the way the author related the differences in size of many common things, like sandwiches and meatballs. The artwork is engaging and my child enjoyed listening and asked questions about the Milky Way and solar system
This is a clever way to compare sizes. At the end of the book there is a detailed explanation of the comparison.
My favorite is below.
"If you make mountains out of molehills...
...the mole would tower over the Empire State Building."
Rebekah Jones
The book really talks about a childs imagination and all the what ifs out there. I liked the ideas brought up in the book. It was interesting and makes you think what if.
Good for introducing the concept of proportion. By the same author as If You Hopped Like a Frog. Books include the formulas used by the author when creating his analogy.
Another fun read by Schwartz that incorporates different math concepts without you realizing it. Haven't used this one yet for storytime as I just discovered it.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
In this book, Schwartz focuses on helping children understand comparison for items that might be too big to fully understand. Fun comparisons.
This story did not keep my 5 year old daughters interest. This would be a good book as an introduction for teaching about size and proportions.
Vanessa Grubbs
Great book for comparing the size of things using non standards measurements. I think it could be good for any grade learning measurements.
I read this to a class of first graders and they all laughed and loved every page. It is educational as well as entertaining.
The students enjoyed this book. We have been studying measurement.
I read this book in 3rd grade and I still love it.
Sep 21, 2010 Rachel added it
Shelves: math
It goes through and talks about relative size.
short little scenarios of what if's
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As a child, I was filled with a sense of awe as I contemplated the universe. The huge numbers of stars and their sizes and distances never failed to amaze me. With binoculars and magnifying glass, I also focused on closer subjects like birds, flowers, frogs and bugs.

But science and math weren't my only fascinations: I also loved bicycles, baseball, boats…and ice cream. Years later, on a clear spr
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